Mochudi Centre Chief are not accepting the dismissal of their case against the use of Ofentse Nato by Township Rollers. When reading the judgment Busang Manewe, who chaired the Disciplinary Committee (DC), said that they believe Mochudi Centre Chiefs are a very experienced team which should have lodged their protest with the match official on the day of the game. He said they chose the Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman who does not report to the Premier league about how the game went. He said it was clear that Chiefs were just in a fishing expedition to try and see themselves at the finals after they failed on the pitch.
He said that since they said that they used the verbal protest before and after the game, they had to use the BFA rule which states that protest has to be made to a match official. “We get to the conclusion that no protest was made. Mochudi Centre Chiefs officials are experienced on the matters of football and they should have done better than lodging a protest to the chairman when they could have lodged it with the match official. With that I dismiss the protest and they can appeal in 10 days,” he said. Chiefs’ Clifford Mogomotsi said it was clear that the DC was on the side of Rollers because they chose to believe the chairman of the LOC when he said that no protest was lodged with him.
He said that it was his words against them and on top of that the DC used the BFA Statutes when giving judgement even though Chiefs’ argument was on Mascom Top 8. Mogomotsi said that there are many things that they think showed that the DC misdirected itself. “They failed to understand that clause 3.1 of the Mascom Top 8 allows the LOC and gives them power to be in charge of the game itself and the organising of the games including all protests,” he said. He said that even though it was referred to as an imprudent decision that they made by choosing to lodge a protest with the LOC considering the level of experience that they have, they did it because in the Mascom Top 8 rules and regulations that is provided for and there was nothing that stopped them from lodging a protest with the LOC chairman because it is covered by the rules.
He said they think the case is appealable because the DC overlooked the Mascom play rules. By Friday, Mogomotsi confirmed that they had not lodged their appeal yet since they have until March 11 to do so. Rollers’ Phempheretlhe Pheto said it was very evident that each team wants to fight them for no substantial reasons.