The Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee has suspended Botswana Premier League board and its operations. BFA president Tebogo Sebego made the announcement on Wednesday evening following the NEC meeting which is said to have taken the whole day. Sebego said the suspension follows a series of concerns and what in the view of NEC, has been a series of acts of misconducts by the BPL board. According to Sebego, the board has been constantly undermining of NEC’s resolutions.
One of the issues that Sebego outlined as supporting to the suspension is the continued derogatory statements by the BPL board on the BFA NEC and its activities. The running of match fixture between Jwaneng Galaxy and Mochudi Centre Chiefs on 7th May 2016 by BPL board against the wishes of the league sponsor has also been cited. It is believed prior the said game beMOBILE – League sponsors – had requested that the game be postponed to allow for all matters to be resolved but the board declined. To further reveal the deteriorating relationship between BFA NEC and the BPL board Sebego revealed that the latter has taken the former to court. “This is in relation to resolution made by BFA NEC on a court case involving the BPL Chief Executive Officer,” revealed Sebego. The Sebego-led NEC had instructed that BPL CEO be re-instated but the board refused to carry out the instruction.
Sebego revealed that the BPL board suspension was made in conformity with article 38.12 as read with article 38.18. Both these articles talk to the powers of the BFA NEC. Sebego further revealed the suspension will be in effect until the AGM set for July 30, 2016. “The NEC has since decided that the Parliament of football will be the one that decides on the future of the board. During the period of the suspension, the BFA will be in-charge of BPL activities. The BFA president, however, explained that the suspension does not affect anyone as an individual but the board as the body. “The suspension does not affect BPL as members of BFA but only the board as the body,” clarified Sebego. This cleared fears that Solomon Mantswe, who is a member of the BPL board, might be affected and not be allowed to run for presidency of the BFA. BFA NEC’s action, which some feel is long overdue, has confirmed reports that have been making rounds that there is a tussle between the two bodies (BFA NEC & BPL board). Football lovers feel the NEC should have long acted against BPL.