Premier league circus continues

SHARE   |   Monday, 16 May 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Premier league circus continues

The saga surrounding local football is far from over. On Friday the National Disciplinary Committee overturned Botswana Premier League (BPL) acting Chairperson Rapula Okaile’s decision of docking 10 points from Township Rollers. The NDC that met Friday noon resolved to set aside Okaile’s pronouncement and declare it of no effect. 


According to the NDC judgment Okaile’s conduct was found to be unsporting and outrageous.  It was also found to be grossly prejudicial to the reputation of Botswana Football Association (BFA). In his capacity as acting BPL chairman Okaile on 28 April 2016 ordered the docking of 10 points from Rollers following the protest against the use of Ofentse Nato who was declared a defaulter.


The NDC has since referred back to the BPL DC the protests by Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Miscellaneous and Police XI for hearing. The hearings were never heard by BPL Disciplinary Committee. BPL DC has been give up to 20 May 2016 to have heard and passed judgement on the protests.


The NDC’s judgment means things could be reversed and Rollers get back the points they lost. However, the committee emphasised that the BPL log standings shall only be released after the protests procedures in relation to the said protests have been conducted. The judgment from the National Disciplinary Committee has since indicated that Okaile will face charges for his actions. “The committee therefore resolves to press charges against Okaile,” read the judgment. However it did not specify what he will be charged with saying the details will be laid out through separate communication.     


This development comes at a time when Township Rollers has lodged a case with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Earlier in the week Rollers secretary general Khumoyame Masonya confirmed that they lodged the case. Masonya said they received acknowledgment from CAS of their case.
Efforts to reach Rollers officials about the NDC judgement were not successful as they were locked in a meeting at the time of going to print. It is not clear what brought about the sitting of the NDC at this time but some within Lekidi suggests that the administration might be feeling pressure to avert the matter from blowing out of proportion and they are doing all they can to contain it.

NATIONAL DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE JUDGEMENT:

The National Disciplinary Committee have ruled that;

The Committee noted that the draft that was read out on the 19th April 2016 had a few errors of interpretation and thus make minor adjustment on the orders of its final copy.

The protests by Mochudi Centre Chief, Miscellaneous & Police XI are referred back for hearing to the BPL DC. The BPL DC to hear and pass the judgement within 7 days from today's date 13th May 2016.The Acting Chairman pronouncement and decision is therefore set aside and is of no Force.The BPL Log Standings shall ONLY be released after the protests procedures in relation to protests mentioned have been concluded.

The NDC found the conduct of the BPL Acting Chairman Mr. Rapula Okaile un sportingly when issuing his letter of the 28th April 2016 instructing the Acting BPL CEO to deduct 10 points against Township Rollers.The Conduct in which the NDC's opinion has been grossly prejudicial to the reputation of the BFA.The Committee therefore resolves to press charges against Mr. Okaile , which shall be layed out in detail through separate communication.