An internal investigation has been instigated by Botswana Premier League (BPL) into the alleged fraudulent selling of match tickets over the weekend. It is reported that two individuals were caught selling fake tickets during the Mochudi Centre Chiefs/Township Rollers game last week end. BPL acting CEO Thabo Ntshinogang confirmed that indeed they have initiated an internal investigation on the matter. Ntshinogang, however, could not be drawn into discussing the matter further. He could not divulge what the investigation will be looking at. When asked if one of the implicated people was a BPL operative, he said, they cannot comment any further as the matter was before the police. “The matter has been reported to the police and investigations are on-going. We will be able to divulge detailed information only after all investigations has been concluded,” he said.
A source close to the BPL office preferring anonymity for fear of victimisation, however, confirmed that one of those implicated was working at BPL. “The guy is working at the BPL office, hence the internal investigation to find out how he might have been able to pull this out,” said the source. The source said the investigation is meant to unearth whether the officer could have had internal help or not. The selling of fake tickets is not that common in the country, however a number of similar cases have been investigated in the past. This was not the only calamity that befell Rollers as the team was robbed of P200 000 gate takings after the game. One suspect has already been arraigned before the court while others are still on the run.