Monday, December 6, 2021

Botswana embroiled in alleged COSAFA bribery allegations

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has denied any knowledge of an assault dragging its name in the mud following an alleged bribery scandal at the just ended COSAFA senior tournament that was held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 

Reports coming in from Eswatini publications indicate that Eswatini Covid-19 compliance officer Gcina Dlamini accepted a bribe from Botswana officials after suffering a serious eye injury following an assault at the regional championships.

It is reported that the incident took place during the half time break when Sihlangu played against the Zebras at the Wolfson stadium. It is said that the Sihlangu official agreed not to report the matter to the COSAFA executive committee and accepted to get the money after the match, while it is not clear whether the agreement was settled.

However, BFA chief executive officer (CEO) Goabaone Taylor denied any knowledge of the incident saying they are still awaiting a full report from the team’s Head of Delegation (HOD). She said they are hopeful that compilation of the reports will be ready soon and they will be banking on it as COSAFA is yet to communicate any report thus far.

“We have not received anything from COSAFA regarding assault at this time. In the meantime, we are waiting for the full report from the HOD and if there is anything then an investigation on the matter will be conducted,” shortly said Taylor.

Botswana was knocked out in the group stages of the tournament finishing fourth after winning once, sharing spoils once and succumbing to two defeats in a group that included champions South Africa, bronze medalists Eswatini, Zambia and Lesotho.

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