Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Rollers seek own private ticket scam probe

BTC Premiership giants Township Rollers have called for their own private investigation into the ticket fraud that haunted the club in a game that was played last month against rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs at the National Stadium. 

While preliminary evidence seemed to point an accusatory finger at the Botswana Premier League (BPL) offices, allegations have revealed that the club’s top brass feel hard done due to delayed investigations.

The club wants a private investigation into the matter due to suspicions that there might be foul play if the matter is dealt with at the BPL offices. 

A leaked letter to Sunday Standard addressed to Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ookeditse Malesu revealed that the club wishes to conduct their own investigation despite the matter being reported to law enforcers. 

‘’The above matter refers to the report that we made to your office regarding some individuals who were apprehended selling unauthorised tickets of our game against Mochudi Centre Chiefs and were handed over to Borakanelo police. 

We, however, wish to conduct our own private forensic investigation,” read the letter.

The letter assured BPL management that they would be privileged to get a copy of the report that they believed would assist the BPL to get to the bottom of the matter. 

“Our investigations shall entail interviewing some employees, those on internship and volunteers from your office and any other relevant stakeholders. Once concluded, we believe that the investigation report will assist yourselves and us to get to the bottom of the problem of sale of unauthorised tickets at our games and your office shall be issued a copy of the report,” reads the letter.

Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto confirmed that they were not satisfied with how investigations were conducted hence their wish to carry their own enquiry on the matter. 

“At the moment we are still waiting for the BFA to respond to our plea. The reason we want to conduct our own investigation is that we are not satisfied with the process as it is slow and suspect that the culprits might get away unpunished. We cannot let this one under the carpet and if they delay we will follow up and remind them about our concern,” Pheto said. 

Malesu said his office had not seen the letter yet as it had been received on his behalf by the BPL on May 11, 2017. “We have not received the letter at this moment and we will have to look at the procedures and deal with the matter accordingly; as at the moment we have nothing much to say,” said  Malesu.

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