Friday, September 24, 2021

Orapa United, Galaxy fail CAF regulations

Batswana is on the verge of suffering huge embarrassment due to non-compliance of local teams that are expected to participate in CAF competitions.

This follows the alleged failure of Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy to meet club licensing regulation requirements.

The two sides were expected to be the country’s representatives in the continental championships.

League champions Galaxy were destined to take part in the CAF Champions League while Orapa United was to compete in the confederations cup. 

Both teams are alleged to have failed to produce audited books of accounts hence their participation is in limbo and destined for rejection. 

It is said that the teams’ applications were processed by the Botswana Football Association Club Licensing First instance body, which then rejected them because they did not have audited books of accounts.

“What is surprising is that the two have also in previous years failed to audit their books,” explained the source.

The source further said the BFA has since notified CAF that Galaxy and Orapa who have entered the CAF competitions did not meet the requirements. 

Galaxy has since appealed the decision to the Club Licensing Appeals Committee. The appeal is expected to be listened to within seven days and it is expected that next week the 2019/20 premier league champions will know their fate. 

Jwaneng Galaxy public relations officer, Tankiso Morake reached for comment said “for now we cannot comment on the matter because it is still at the appeals committee.” 

For his part, Orapa United spokesperson Kabo William said they are yet to receive feedback from the BFA for their application.

“We are yet to hear from BFA and we hope that if it is true, they will write to us like we did to them,” he said.

“Every year we do audit our books of our accounts and this time it was thorough because we did not only audit the books but the whole club assets,” William explained. 

He was asked to confirm whether they met all the club licensing requirements or not. Also, he was to be asked whether they have been notified that they are not complying by BFA club licensing committee.

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