DIVISION ONE NORTH SIDE DEDUCTED 18 POINTS
Division 1 side, Eagles FC are bracing themselves for a bitter war with the division’s Executive Committee over claims of unprofessionalism in the way the league is being run.
The club is appealing the decision to have 18 points deducted from them, leaving the team rooted in the relegation zone – third from bottom.
Before the deductions, Eagles FC were second on the log, just a point away from the log leaders Leopards FC.
The Somersat side found themselves on the receiving end after the team abandoned their game against Blue Birds – walking off the pitch claiming the referee was biased.
Eagles’ manager Bee Mosweu said they played the entire first round without official referees, instead volunteers were used to officiate the games.
“In our game against Green Lovers the referee was their former coach and he was favouring them.
It showed when his assistant raised a flag to signal that they had scored from an off-side position only for him to lose his cool and argue with the line runner.
“The game stopped while the two were still arguing and the now agitated supporters invaded the pitch resulting in one wayward fan deflating the ball with a knife.
There was no BFA official at the game so I do not know which report was used as evidence.
There is conflict of interest because committee members have teams and some are chasing the league with us,” claimed Mosweu.
For these two incidents they lost six points and were fined P2000 payable within 14 days.
However the 14 days elapsed before they could pay and the executive committee decided to deduct a further 12 points from the side, a decision they have appealed.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week, Division 1 committee Secretary Bikie Ngwako said Eagles were found guilty by the committee and should have paid well in time to avoid further punishment.
“We did investigations and also called representatives from both teams for a hearing and Eagles were found guilty.
It is not for the first time, this thing happens every season.
We have received their appeal which is within their rights to do so if they felt the decisions were not fair and we will take it from there,” said Ngwako.
He said as the committee and teams they have agreed to use volunteers to officiate their games because they did not have money to pay referees.
However Mosweu said they failed to pay the fine because they do not have money either, which the Committee is well aware of since they don’t have sponsors.
He further said it was also difficult to ask for donations from their supporters as they were only charged verbally.
“We later received a hand written letter which did not bear the Botswana Football Association regional stamp,” said Mosweu.