Chaos at BPL

SHARE   |   Monday, 04 April 2016   |   By Staff Writer

Despite the dark cloud hovering over Botswana Premier League (BPL), officials have promised that league games not be interrupted. Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer Kitso Kemoeng said league games will go on as planned. This has been a very difficult week for local football and league custodians Botswana Premier League. The league has attracted a rather unusual attention not only from all football lovers but also law enforcement agencies. The dark cloud that has been hovering over the league started last weekend with allegations of missing funds and suspicious dealings within BPL that saw the suspension of the Chief Executive Officer Bennett Mamelodi.

The allegations levelled against the suspended Mamelodi, board chairman Walter Kgabung and his deputy Solomon Mantswe opened a can of worms as they led to a massive investigation by law enforcement agencies. It is reported that some disgruntled BPL board members engaged law enforcers to get to the bottom of the matter. On Thursday BPL offices were under lock down as law enforcers investigated the reported scandal by among others raiding the offices to pick crucial documents and computers. At the centre of the controversy is BPL funds which are said to be unaccounted for. It reported that the league has a P6.2 million deficit and this it is claimed led to Mamelodi’s suspension. The BFA acted swiftly on Tuesday to take charge of BPL office while still trying to get to the bottom of what led to the suspension of its leadership. Kemoeng was given the mandate to oversee continuity in the meantime.

Contacted about the fears Kemoeng said they are prepared to keep the league running. He sees no cause of worry for anyone as all logistics are in place. “As far as we are concerned we are prepared and we believe the league will not be interrupted. The teams have insisted that they see no point in stopping the league so it will be unfortunate if the games could be affected,” explained Kemoeng. However, there have been reports that some referees are looking to boycott the matches after being told to use their own transport to the games instead of hired one. Kemoeng nonetheless quelled this saying everything has been taken care of including transport and accommodation for officials. He believes that the matches will go on as planned.

The BFA National Executive Committee is said to be working around the clock to make considerations on the recalling of the BPL board chairman and his deputy and the league CEO. The BFA NEC had an emergency meeting on Tuesday as well as on Friday. However, everyone is tight lipped on the developments made. It is like everyone has sworn secrecy on the matter hiding behind the fact that it is still under investigation. All eyes are currently zoomed on BPL to see the outcome of the investigation as well as BFA NEC’s consideration on the suspension and recalling of BPL leadership. Recalled BPL chairman Kgabung, however, called on Batswana to remain calm and wait patiently for the outcome of the on-going investigations. Kgabung believes that the matter will soon be solved. He said investigations by the relevant authority will dig out all the truth about the matter and put it to rest.