Saturday, September 25, 2021

Miscellaneous cry foul over home game

Relegation threatened Serowe outfit, Miscellaneous Sporting Club, is crying foul over the Botswana Premier League (BPL)’s decision to take their home game away.

This weekend, Miscellaneous had to endure a 219 kilometres journey to the small mining town of Orapa to meet league title contenders Mochudi Centre Chiefs at Itekeng Stadium.

Miscellaneous share Palapye Swallows ground with Motlakase and the latter also had a home game.

Miscellaneous Manager Ogopotse Godirwang was not a happy man when interviewed before their game against Chiefs.

He said they heard over a local radio station on Monday that their game against Centre Chiefs would be played at Itekeng Stadium.

Godirwang said no one from the BPL notified them about these developments. “We are being treated unfair for a team that is fighting hard to avoid relegation. The administration of our league leaves a lot to desire….How can they take us to Orapa without consulting with us first?” said Godirwang.
Godirwang said unlike Palapye, Orapa is too far and costly for them. He said they would spend about P7000 on their trip and gain only P1000 on gate takings.

He also complained that at Orapa their fans would not come in numbers to support their teams unlike in Palapye where fans would just part with P10 bus fare or lose few litres of petrol to watch their beloved team.

“The Itekeng ground is in good condition…..the problem lies with its proximity to us and the costs which will be incurred when going there,” said Godirwana before their game against Centre Chiefs.

He also said they were forced to make way for Motlakase at the Palapye Swallows grounds even though the venue does not belong to them. He said they together with Motlakase pay Swallows for that ground.

Godirwang said they wrote a letter lodging a complaint to BPL but their efforts were futile. He said the Premier league did not want to listen to their complaint.

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