This season’s be-MOBILE Premier league champions will be decided by a playoff match between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers. This follows the judgement of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Disciplinary Committee delivered yesterday. When delivering the judgment the NDC overturned the decision of the BPL DC of returning seven points to Rollers. After reconsiderations the NDC resolved to dock Rollers a further six points on top of the three given to Gilport Lions. Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Miscellaneous were both awarded three points two goals.
This resulted in Chiefs remaining top of the log with 64 points and Rollers second with 63. As it stands, according to the BFA play rules and regulation article 5.3, no team can benefit from soft points to win any championship. As a result a playoff has been order between the two to decide the winner. The game is to be played at a neutral venue within ten 10 days of the judgment. Still on the judgment the NDC aired displeasure in the way Police XI handled things by withdrawing their protest. The committee felt it amounted to match fixing of some sort. Police XI will have to answer to the DC on why they should not be punished for the course of action they took.
The judgment has been received with open hands by Chiefs as they are happy that what they have been fighting for has been granted. “It was not about winning the league but putting the record straight on the rules and regulations,” said Chiefs spokesperson, Clifford Mogomotsi. Rollers officials did not comment on the matter.