Beleaguered Mochudi Centre Chiefs are likely to lose three points after failing to honour a fixture against Miscelleneous Sporting club in Serowe last week. Magosi who have been on a free fall since last season are seemingly descending into further chaos.
Losing three points will come as a harsh and weakening blow to the former Kgatleng Giants. The team management are alleged to have failed to pay players their full salaries after their impressive showing against the reigning league champions, Township Rollers last week. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Play Rules and Regulations are clear regarding the abandonment of games.
Clause 8.2 of the regulations that addresses the stoppage and abandonment of games states that, “Where a game is abandoned on account of misconduct of one of the participating teams, the guilty team shall lose the game with three points and two goals.” The play rules further state that the three points awarded to the other team will not be regarded as soft points.
Reached for comment on the matter, the Botswana Premier League (BPL) Chief Executive Officer, Thabo Ntshinogang said the matter was expected to go before the league’s Disciplinary Committee this past Thursday. This means Chiefs are likely to know their fate by today (Friday). Ntshinogang could not speak further on the matter as the case has been passed to the BPL DC. Magosi are currently occupying position 12 with seven points after eight games.
Losing three points means the popular Kgatleng outfit might go down two or three places. Meanwhile, Miscelleneous have decided to wait for judgement from the BPL DC regarding the matter. In a brief interview this week, Miscelleneous Chairman Seiphetlho Shako said the BPL secretariat will handle the matter and the outcome of the case will guide his team on how they pursue the matter further.
In other matters, Sefhako said his team has since secured a new technical sponsor in the form of Star Set, a satellite television company. Miscelleneous is expected to host BR Highlander at the Serowe sports complex while Magosi is scheduled to face Black Forest at the Molepolole Sports Complex.