The Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee has taken a decision to appeal the judgement in which Notwane Football Club was fine P4000 by the BFA Disciplinary Committee. Notwane FC was found guilty for taking the football matters to court hence the fine. The committee also directed and ordered BFA to facilitate the hearing of Notwane’s case in which they were complaining about the use of a defaulter by Sankoyo Bushbucks when they played them on March 21, 2015. BFA Chief Executive Officer Kitso Kemoeng confirmed the intentions of the appeal on Friday.
Kemoeng said the BFA NEC has indicated the intentions to appeal the judgement and have since sort legal advice on the matter. He said they are still to decide on which appropriate authority to take the appeal to. The CEO could not be drawn into discussing the grounds on which the NEC is appealing the ruling against its own structure. “I am not at liberty to discuss the grounds of the appeal as the matter is before the appropriate tribunal,” he explained. However, some close to the NEC said the appeal may be influenced by the fact that the judgement seems to be contravening FIFA statutes that totally prohibit teams to take football matters to court.
When delivering the judgment, BFA DC pointed out that there was need to balance two aspects of the case by firstly showing disdain against teams taking football matters to court. Secondly it stated that they have to show disdain also to the refusal of granting Notwane a hearing. This is why the DC ordered that Notwane be granted a hearing and BFA should facilitate it. This did not sit well with some within the association who feel this could affect both the premier league and the first division south league. They are of a view that with the leagues almost half way this could have far reaching consequences to the progress of the league.
Others feel the BFA appeal could be fuelled by the fact that the judgment is seen to be lenient towards Notwane after the NEC vowed to make an example any team which will take football matters to court. Reached for comment BFA legal advisor Onkabetse Pusoentsi said he did not know anything as he has just arrived from outside the country. He said he could not comment on the matter. BFA’s chief prosecutor’s Tshiamo Rantao could not be reached as his phone rang unanswered.