The Sankoyo Bush Bucks FC relegation matter has been referred to Botswana Football Association (BFA) to resolve. Sankoyo were reportedly bound for relegation after the National Appeals Board (NAB) dismissed their appeal against docking of their points and the Botswana Premier League had immediately taken a stand that the team would lose 26 points for using a defaulter.
However, after all speculations and confusion the NAB distanced itself from all this, saying it never directed the deduction of the said points from Sankonyo.
At the heart of the matter is the ruling of BFA Disciplinary Committee on the 9th April 2015 that found Sankoyo guilty of fielding a defaulter. The team was then docked three points and two goals. In a letter signed by its secretary Tshepo Letshwiti, NAB explained that the Board only upheld the BFA Disciplinary Committee’s ruling concerning the said appeal only. “The National Appeals Board never ruled or directed that Sankoyo should be deprived of all the points they had accumulated during the season or for the games that were not subject of the appeal,” reads the letter.
In light of this confusion BFA president Tebogo Sebego said this week that the Botswana Premier League management has resolved to refer the matter to BFA National Executive Committee for intervention and direction. Sebego assured the public that as a body that oversees all structures of BFA, the NEC will convene an urgent meeting at the end of this week to look at the matter and map a way forward that shall bring finality to the confusion.
“In the meantime all the decisions by the Premier League Committee in respect to this matter shall remain inoperative pending the decision by the National executive Committee,” said Sebego. He urged all parties involved to desist from making statements or communications pertaining to the matter going forward.
In another twist there are reports that relegated Letlapeng FC which had also lodged a case against Sankoyo for fielding a defaulter against them have since withdrawn their case. The reports say the Ramotswa-based club has resolved to withdraw the case because it will not benefit them in any way.