Saturday, October 24, 2020

Chiefs protest gets underway

The case in which Mochudi Centre Chiefs has launched a protest against Township Rollers’ use of midfielder Ofentse Nato and striker Terrence Mandaza will get underway on Wednesday after the two parties have filed affidavits with the Botswana Premier League (BPL) Disciplinary Committee (DC).

This follows an order made by the BPL DC in the past week, instructing the Premier League to furnish Centre Chiefs with some documents that ‘Magosi’ had argued will help them prepare for the case. Centre Chiefs last week approached the DC asking to be given some supporting documents that they said will be instrumental in their protest. Chiefs representatives Raymond Tsheko and Clifford Mogomotsi told the DC that they had written a letter to the BPL asking to be furnished with all Rollers’ match sheets for the 2015/16 season including the Mascom Top 8 quarterfinals; as well as the list of all Rollers players also reflecting their ages.

Tsheko and Mogomotsi argued that the documents would enable ‘Magosi’ to prepare their heads of arguments with precise and factual information based on the true records of registration of the concerned players. However, the request did not sit well with Rollers’ representatives Kgosietsile Ngakaagae and Khumo Masonya, who called on the DC to dismiss it because it was frivolous, irrelevant and distractive as it was meant to distract all teams and the BPL from competitions. 

For his part, BPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennett Mamelodi revealed that they referred the matter to the DC as they could not find its relevance to the Centre Chiefs’ protest.
“It was an unusual request,” said Mamelodi.

Quizzed on the relevance of their request, Chiefs indicated that they believed Rollers had exhausted their quota of players they are allowed to register in a season. ‘Magosi’ representatives argued that under section 2.3 of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Play Rules and Regulations, teams are allowed to register up to 25 players; and can only exceed the number and make it 30 if they add development players under the age of 17 years. 

“The list of all registered Rollers players reflecting their age, together with the team sheets, will help us to authenticate if indeed Rollers have adhered to the rules,” said the Chiefs representatives.

In the end, the DC ordered the Premier League to avail the documents to Chiefs this past Friday. ‘Magosi’ were also ordered to have filed their affidavit by Saturday noon so as to allow Rollers to prepare their answering affidavit. On the other hand, Rollers were ordered to have filed their answering affidavit by Monday noon. The case will be heard on Wednesday. 

 

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