Sunday, July 14, 2024

First division side dishonours fixture for politics

First Division North side Two Two Five Football Club Director, Rivonia Makwati, has said his team did not honour their last fixture at the weekend against BR Highlanders because the game was billed at the same time as his launch as a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Council candidate.

Makwati said he apologised to the league President, Eatlametse Olopeng, on Wednesday and is waiting for their decision on the matter.

He said he had informed the league a littler earlier that his team would not be able to pitch up.

“We could not play as the game came at the same time when I was launched as a Council candidate by the Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe and that was over the weekend. I run this team alone with limited resources and less personnel,” he said. Makwati said his team uses the same transport, one bakkie that he uses in his political career.

He said the same transport that transports the team also transports his political campaign team.

“We are in a rural area here and there is nobody who is helping to run this team. I am alone. I hope the league leadership has understood,” said Makwati.

The First Division North President Olopeng admitted that Makwati called him to tell him about not honouring the fixture.
But he denied that the Two Two Five Director apologised to them.

“Makwati called me last week telling me that he is doing some political launching. We told him we could not postpone the game, and that he would have to allow his team to play,” said Olopeng.

He said he was disappointed at Makwati’s reasons for not honouring the fixture, adding that it was not the first time the Two Two Five had failed to turn up for a fixture, saying last time Makwati said he was going to some wedding.

“Reasons like these cannot be accepted by the league and they are against the league regulations. A postponement should be reasonable enough to be allowed by the league,” said Olopeng.

He added that they are to meet with others to discuss the issue of Highlanders and Two Two Five game postponement.

He said they will take a decision on Thursday. Even if BR Highlanders could have played Two Two Five and won/lost the champions of that division would still be Sankoyo Bush Bucks. The North West side needed only one point on Saturday to be promoted to be Mobile Premier League. Bush Bucks finished the season with 43 points from 22 games while BR Highlanders are runner ups with 39 points after 21 games. On the other hand Two Two Five FC are on their way to a lower division with 14 points after 21 games.


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