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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.