Extension Gunners will appear before Botswana Football Association (BFA) Disciplinary Committee soon to answer charges of non-compliance and defying a decision by the mother body.
This comes after BFA had suspended Tariq Babitseng from all football activities but Gunners membership deified that and elected him the club chairperson ,something which is considered to be against the suspension imposed by the BFA.
BFA has already informed Gunners about the matter, indicating that the club will face the wrath of the law for failure to comply with the decision of not engaging Babitseng in football activities. Gunners’ mouthpiece Willoughby Kemoen has confirmed the developments, saying BFA has written informing them of Babitseng’s suspension.
Babitseng was once accused of allegedly failing to account for funds from BFA coffers; something which could have led to his suspension by the BFA National executive committee.
“As a club we are not shocked as we have been receiving correspondence in regard to this suspension. However we are not sure if this is a new resolution since they claim at the same time to have duly suspended him in 2015 while he was not even our chairman. He became our chairman in August 2018.This matter needs to come to the open so that we get the facts right. Let me draw you to the attention that the same Babitseng has been part of the football activities sitting at the premier league board for the whole season, why now,” said Kemoen.
According to Kemoen, as far as the club is concerned they have not defied any rules from BFA.
“We are not aware of any Play, Rules and Regulations that we have trampled upon. The Gunners chairperson has not transgressed any of our club rules. Therefore we do not see any reason to dismiss him. The BFA has relied on us to remove their man and it is not really reasonable to us. They are the ones who should remove him and then inform us to do away with him not the other way round,” he said.
As the matter remains to be decided in front of members of the Disciplinary Committee at a date to be set, Babitseng remains the chairperson of Gunners and the club will seek legal help to defend themselves. “Babitseng is still part of Gunners until this matter is resolved by the relevant authority. He is innocent until proven guilty by the BFA or the courts. We stand with him all the way. And we will appear before this Disciplinary Committee as and when they call us. We are a law abiding club but are already seeking legal opinion on the matter accordingly,” explained Kemoen.