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BPL mum on Galaxy protest

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 04 June 2019   |   By Baitshepi Sekgweng
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It has weeks  since premier league outfit Jwaneng  Galaxy  filed a protest  against  the league  deciding match between Township Rollers and Miscellaneous which was played on the  7th of May, however   the Botswana Premier League (BPL) office  has remained mum on the matter.

Galaxy are yet to get a full response on the matter.

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Galaxy wrote  to the BPL  office  asking  for the  title  decider be  postponed in what they deemed  procedural irregularities  in rescheduling  the fixture. Nonetheless, the match was re-fixtured instead of awarding soft points to Rollers.

Should Rollers had received soft points, Galaxy had hoped that they would have been forced a championship decider with them.  

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However  all seems to  be lost  since  the BTC  Premiership has been concluded and Rollers have been  declared  the champions despite Galaxy’s  request for  the week 30 fixtures  to be suspended until  their  matter  is dealt with.

According to Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake, the only time the BPL office communicated with them was when they acknowledged the receipt of their protest letter.

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“Yes, it is true that the BPL has not given us any official communication on when the matter will be addressed. Remember that we wrote our letter and filed it on the 7th of May and premier league secretariat replied us on that very same day. But since then they have been quiet on the matter. What is shocking mostly is that they did not even consider our requests. They allowed the Rollers/Miscellaneous game to be played and even the last matches of the league were played last weekend,” he said.

Morake said they will never give up since they want justice and fairness to prevail. “We will never give up until this issue is attended to. Two weeks  ago our secretary general  called the BPL office  to inquire about the matter  but they  just told  us  that the issue  has been referred  to the prosecutor but they  never sent us any correspondence  to enlighten us on that,” he said.

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“Right now Botswana Football Association (BFA) has informed clubs that the transfer window will open on the 3rd of June. Some of our players’ contracts are coming to an end. It is also off-season and we are having a dilemma on whether to release our players or not. Provided that the judgment will favour us, will it be fair to play the championship decider when our players are in this kind of state? Not at all, our national team players are the ones who are active. I hear there was a certain meeting which was convened where it was said Galaxy should give up on the matter in the interest of football but we won’t succumb to that. There should be fairness and justice in the game of football,” said Morake.

BPL CEO Thabo Ntshinogang has a different story.

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“It is not like we are quiet on the matter. We have informed them that we have referred the case to the Premier league prosecutor and he has not yet responded to us; that’s what is causing the delay. What we can do now is to ask him (prosecutor) on when he is dealing with the matter and he always promises us that he will work on the case.  This is someone who has a daily job so they volunteer to prevail over our cases. So sometimes it takes time for him to deal with our cases because he is busy,” said Ntshinogang.



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