BY DUNCAN KGANGKENNA
A Botswana Premier League Disciplinary ruling that found Mochudi Centre Chiefs guilty on two counts of misconduct is likely to compound problems at the troubled Kgatleng outfit.
Chiefs, which is already in the relegation quagmire and in serious financial troubles was charged P10 000 and also forfeited three points and two goals.
The ailing Kgatleng giants on 26th October failed to travel to Serowe to honour a fixture league match against miscellaneous following the team management’s failure to pay players’ monthly salaries.
In the aftermath of such, players refused to train and eventually refused to travel to Serowe unless their wages were settled.
With Magosi already languishing at the bottom of the BTC Premiership log standings and also struggling to pay players, the judgement may now push it to the brink.
Commenting on the judgement, local football analyst Jimmy George said Chiefs deserve to be punished and they have been lucky that a stiffer penalty was not imposed on them.
“Chiefs should have little or no complaints because what they have done is not good for the game and it is not the first time they have done what they did. How do they miss match and how do they repeat the same mistake again and again?” George wondered.
While acknowledging that Chiefs are in a difficult position, George said the team’s challenges are no different from those faced by other teams in the premier league and can therefore not be an excuse for missing scheduled matches.
He observed that Chiefs has on more than one occasion went to scheduled matches with few players than they should, leading abandonment of matches.
Contacted for comment, Chiefs communications manager, Clifford Mogomotsi said “we are still studying the judgement. We only received it Thursday evening and we haven’t made any position on the judgement whether we will appeal it or not.”
He said they are expected to meet during the course of the week to take a position whether to appeal or do abide by the ruling.
Still with the Premier league, George is of the view that Rollers president who is also the premier league chairperson Jagdish Shah should apologize to Rollers supporters and the entire local football fraternity for his unfortunate utterances.
Shah was quoted in the media saying For Rollers to have been knocked out of the CAF Champions league is a blessing in disguise because it will save the team some money.
“First of all he is the premier league chairperson so he has to encourage all teams to participate in the CAF competitions and he should respect the continental competition. For him to say for Rollers to be knocked abut of the champions league is a blessing is unfortunate and reckless.”
According to him teams gain pride by participating in continental competitions against their peers from other regions in the continent.
“He must apologise to the Rollers supporters and the entire nation for his reckless statement. Football is not only about profit, it promotes brotherhood and fosters unity in the continent,” he said.