BDF XI IN A BATTLE TO REGAIN LEAGUE LEADERSHIP AFTER DOCKED POINTS
Botswana Defence Force (BDF XI) will have more than a point to prove when they take on Township Rollers tonight (Friday) at Molepolole Sports Complex in a battle to regain the log leadership.
Feeling hard done after the Premier League Disciplinary Committee docked them six points and imposed a P10 000 fine, there is a suspicion amongst the club’s management that some football officials have ganged against them to stop them winning the league title.
Following the decision on Tuesday night BDF XI have moved from being four points clear at the top to find themselves trailing Rollers and Chiefs by three points going into Friday’s game.
They would have to beat Rollers by a four-goal margin to once gain head the table on goal difference with all three clubs on 38 points. Chiefs could then take over at the top if they gain at least a point from their game against GU on Sunday.
The decision to dock points from BDF XI comes as a punishment for the club taking football matters to court following a controversial friendly match between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.
BDF argued then that an official fixture could not be postponed to make way for a friendly match, and even though the court ruled in their favour, the club were deemed to have contravened FIFA rules.
Speaking during a candid interview with Voice Sport BDF XI Chairman Brigadier Boikanyo Addens said the decision to deduct the points smacked of ‘cowardice and unprofessionalism.’
“We share the same sentiments as many football lovers who believe the decision to dock us points was motived by those who want to put our opponents at an advantage,” said Addens.
The BDF XI official expressed his disgust at the way the entire situation was handled, but added that the decision will motivate the team to fight even harder in their bid to win their eighth league title.
“We are convinced that some people who formed part of the disciplinary team are aligned to teams who are vying for the top spot,” he said.
“If I kill your son, and you are then given the responsibility of trying me in a court of law, you will probably give me a maximum sentence,” said Addens.
The remark was an allusion to the fact that Comma Serema, who was part of the team that handed down the heavy punishment, is known to have links with Township Rollers.
There was also a question mark over fellow committee member Luckson Likokoto who is a well-known Gaborone United supporter, as well as the prosecutor Tshiamo Rantao who represented the Premier League during their case against BDF XI.
It is thought that he might have wanted to get back at the club following the embarrassment of losing the case.
Addens added that they were still awaiting the printed judgement due to be delivered on Monday before deciding on what further action to take.
Following the Friday game the battle for the top spot returns to Molepolole when second placed Mochudi Centre Chiefs and fourth placed Gaborone United meet on Sunday.
After they lost 1-0 to BDF X1, Gaborone United can’t afford to slip up again this Sunday.
Magosi won their game against Santos over the weekend and another win could see them leap frog Rollers as log leaders.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week Chiefs Public Relations Officer Clifford Mogomotsi said they would be spoilt for choice since they are injury free.
“This game will be an important title indicator especially now that BDF XI have lost six points.
All these games mean a lot to us since they also help us prepare for CAF games,” said Mogomotsi.
For his part the under fire United coach Major David Bright said losing a second match would seriously jeopardize their title ambitions.
“The twelve day festive break contributed significantly to our loss against BDF this past weekend. However that setback has motivated us to work even harder,” said Bright.
He confirmed left back Edwin Olerile would be back from suspension and Jackie Mothatego, who has been away at Bloemfontein Celtics on trials, also returns to the team.