Saturday, October 24, 2020

Fighters lose again!

The net seems to be closing on Mogoditshane Fighters.

Their frantic battles to remain in the elite Mascom League Division hit a further set back on Thursday when their appeal was dismissed.

On Thursday Fighters failed to convince the BFA Disciplinary Committee that their failure to honour their Selibe Phikwe encounter with Stone Breakers of Letlhakane was a result of valid medical reasons.

On Thursday the outfit lost their appeal against the BFA decision through which they forfeited three points and two goals.

Over and above demotion to the lower division, Fighters appeal to have their playoffs game rescheduled were thrown out of the window.

The beneficiaries of the Saga are Jwaneng Comets who as things stand remain promoted to the elite league division.

The earlier BFA verdict was taken by the committee led by Charles Chilisa.
Chilisa who was head of the BFA contingent to Selibe Phikwe is also the Chairperson of the Med Rescue First Division South.

On Thursday evening a BFA disciplinary committee, chaired by attorney Tebogo Sebego upheld Chilisa’s earlier decision.

Sebego sat with Botswana Police Senior Superintendent Solomon Mantswe, Chepete Chepete of Gaborone United and Col. Edwin Senai.

The reasoning by Sebego’s committee was that Fighters have failed in their presentation to show valid proof “beyond reasonable doubt” that they could not for health reasons honour their encounter against Breakers.

Speaking to Sunday Standard Sport after the DC verdict, Chilisa said that he always knew that his decision would be upheld.

“I have been running football for thirteen years now to know if a club is guilty or not. I have always advised Fighters to start preparations for the arduous task in the first division. I welcome them because I also happen to run that league,” said Chilisa.

The football administrator maintained that Fighters were coming up with fabricated reasons to escape the wrath of the disciplinary committee.

Among others, Fighters had maintained that after going to the Selebi-Phikwe Government hospital, they found that the facility had not in stock prescribed medication.

But Chilisa argues; “If there was no prescribed tablets there, the BCL Mine hospital or the Phikwe BDF hospital was nearer than coming to Gaborone. Even Francistown is nearer to Phikwe than Gaborone. Why did they choose to travel the very long distance whilst very ill?”

The Mogoditshane based outfit has 10 days within which to appeal the DC’s verdict with the Appeals Board.

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