BPL teams still in danger of suspension 

SHARE   |   Thursday, 31 August 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang

While local teams recently decried the extended pre-season period due to the postponement of the BTC Premier League start, some are still in danger of being suspended from the league. This surfaced when the First Instance Body (FIB) assigned to assess clubs for Club Licensing delivered their results on Wednesday. FIB chairman Mfolwe Mfolwe revealed that some teams failed to satisfy all the requirements, hence they were given provisional licenses for the 2017/2018 season. Mfolwe said only five teams had earned an outright full license at 100%. These are Township Rollers, Police XI, Security Systems, Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy. According to Mfolwe, the rest of the teams have been given provisional licenses and are expected to have fully complied by or before the end of October 2017 or risk being suspended from the league. He said provisional licenses were awarded after clubs failed to address critical areas as required by the guidelines. “It was only fair that we give the teams time to rectify their shortcomings within the next two months. If any of the teams fail to comply fully there will be no option but to revoke their licence and suspend them from the league,” he said. The main challenge for the clubs, according Mfolwe, has been in the category of Sporting, Administration and Personnel and Financials. He explained that these are the red flags that needed to be satisfied to get fully licensed. He said financials were the greatest problem as teams had challenges providing audited financials. 

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