Stage set for Rollers, Chiefs playoff

SHARE   |   Monday, 13 June 2016   |   By Staff Writer
Stage set for Rollers, Chiefs playoff

The title decider game between Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs is likely to be June 15 at the National Stadium. Discussions are currently on-going to finalise the date. The game follows the ruling of the Botswana Football Association Disciplinary Committee on with regard to the long running protest surrounding Rollers’ use of a defaulter in Ofentse Nato. Though Rollers have taken the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) the local authorities have taken a stand to have the race concluded despite the pending judgement by the world’s highest judicial body on sports matters. Reports reaching this publication are that the teams are working to around the clock to recall their players from the break. However, it has emerged that the teams are not happy with the 10-day period given for the game to be played. The teams argue that the days are not enough to prepare considering that they were on break.

On Monday the BFA DC ordered a playoff between the two after taking a decision to overturn Botswana Premier League DC’s decision to give back Rollers the points that have been initially docked from them.  After reconsiderations the NDC resolved to dock Rollers six points on top of the three given to Gilport Lions. Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Miscellaneous were both awarded three points and two goals each. This resulted in Chiefs remaining top of the log with 64 points with Rollers second at 63 points. 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 to be undertaken to determine the winner between the two teams. The game was 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 conducted themselves by withdrawing their protest against Roller’s use of a defaulter.

The committee felt this amounted to match fixing. 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. Mogomotsi said they do not have a choice but play Rollers. He pointed out that it is not going to be an easy game but they will fight for what is theirs. Centre Chiefs had already been declared the championships, this means should they lose the trophy will be given to Rollers.