• Sankoyo lose only three points
• Relegation was against rules of natural justice
Botswana Football Association National Executive Committee has cleared the air regarding the Sankoyo Bush Bucks saga that threatened to divide local football fraternity. The committee met Friday morning to review the issue and decided to upheld the decision of the National Appeals Board (NAB) to dock Sankoyo three points and two goals and set aside all other resolutions that were made on the 29th and 30th May 2015 by the Botswana Premier League Committee.
This means that the Maun-based outfit will stay in the Premier league and FC Satmos will be given the three points which will take them above Notwane FC. Addressing the media on Friday afternoon BFA President Tebogo Sebego said the NEC has ordered that Notwane and Satmos play each other in the playoff game on Wednesday at a venue to be announced.
Sebego explained that the decision to set aside all the other prior resolutions came after finding that they were lacking application of natural justice. He pointed out that there was only one protest made against Sankoyo for using a defaulter and so there was no need to dock them all other points. The BPL had decided last week to dock 26 points from Sankoyo for all the games that the defaulter was used in.
Even though Sankoyo have been saved from relegating, the team may still face music as the BFA president revealed that it has been found out that there was some form of misconduct on the part on their part. He said they have setup a commission of enquiry to further look into the matter. “The enquiry will look into at what led to the registration of Morris Ruzivo and to review football processes and then advices accordingly,” said Sebego.
The BFA president explained that the NEC decided to intervene in this matter because of article 9.3.11 of the constitution of the association. According to this article, the NEC shall have power to give such direction to its committees as desirable or necessary for the good of football.
Sebego said what happened was regretful as it has a great potential of destroying the integrity of the association. “This is a very unfortunate situation which should never have happened. We are concerned about what this has caused to the image of football in Botswana,” he said.
Some in the football fraternity feel that confusion has been caused by what they termed conflict of interest at Botswana Premier League (BPL). To address this situation, Sebego said a decision was made to come up with the League Management Committee which will run the day-to-day affairs at BPL. Currently the premier league affairs are run by the BPL board which is made up of club chairpersons fuelling thoughts of conflict of interest.
Conflict of interest in the Sankoyo matter is easily explained by the fact that the BPL chairperson comes from Notwane FC while his deputy is associated with FC Satmos – the two sides that are fighting to survive relegation. According to Sebego, the league management committee could ease these fears since it is to be made up of independent individuals chaired by BPL chairman. He said while reviewing the constitution they would try to address who has powers to run the premier league between the board and the League Management Committee.