Zebras Coach Peter Butler and two of his players may find themselves at the wrath of Botswana Football Association (BFA) after being handed two games ban from COSAFA competitions for their conduct. COSAFA banned Butler, Boitumelo Mafoko and Captain Joel Mogorosi after they were accused of using abusive language against a referee following Zebras’ 3-2 defeat at the COSAFA Castle Cup final in Namibia two months ago. Zebras’ Head of delegation at the time, Sakaeyo Jane, is also implicated in the matter that saw BFA fined P35 000 (US$3,500).
BFA could be barred from competing at the COSAFA U-20 Championship billed for December in South Africa if the association fails to pay the fine by October 15, 2016. BFA Chief Executive Officer Kitso Kemoeng said that the ban of the four is only for COSAFA games, which means they are clear for the coming AFCON qualifier in September 3, 2016. Kemoeng, who confirmed the ban, said they are currently consulting internally about the matter. Kemoeng however said the fine is a must pay as the association does not have any option. “If we are to maintain the credible membership of BFA to COSAFA we have to comply with the set requirements and pay the fine,” he said.
The four, however, may still face the wrath of the BFA as they have to answer for their actions. Kemoeng revealed that they are also consulting to on the action to take against those who got the association into this situation. The newly set BFA ethics committee might get its first assignment to deliberate on this matter. “We still have to decide what action to take and whether to take the matter to the ethics committee or just use the BFA code of conduct,” said Kemoeng.