Sunday, September 19, 2021

Galaxy, United at mercy of club licensing committee

The Botswana Premier League champions, Jwaneng Galaxy, are pinning their hopes of participating in the CAF Champions League on club Licensing Appeals committee.

Galaxy and fellow mining team Orapa United’s hopes of participation in the continental remain uncertain after they both failed basic club licensing requirements.

Both teams are said to have failed to submit their audited books of accounts when applying for club licensing compliance with the Botswana Football Association Club Licensing committee.

The failure led to both club’s applications to participate in the continental championships being rejected.

In an interview Galaxy spokesperson, Tankiso Morake said: “The matter of our participation in CAF is before the BFA. We have placed ourselves at their mercy and they no doubt considering the matter”.

Asked if the delay in resolving their appeal does not disturb their preparations, Morake refused to comment further saying the issue cannot be discussed further until it is resolved. He said the team is optimistic that all will go well and they will be able to participate in CAF competitions.

Last week the players boycotted training because they were not paid October salaries. Players only received their salaries on Friday. Asked why salaries were late Morake said It’s an internal matter that can never be resolved in the public domain.

According to Morake the team is determined to constantly resolved all internal challenges they are facing and there has been a positive progress.  

Asked what cause the delay in paying players he explained that, this has been a year like no other. COVID has brought severe discomfort to everyone. Even we were not spared” Morake.

Reached for comment, BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane acknowledged that the association has contacted CAF to extend waiver for Botswana clubs to regularise the CAF club licensing requirements. 

The continental football controlling body is however yet to respond to BFA request. The local club licensing committee is yet to seat and adjudicate on Galaxy’s matter.

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