Setete Phuthego

• Additional three Premier League clubs said to have defaulted
• Premier League suggests play-offs
The Botswana Football Association might be turned on its head again this coming week after suggestions that three more Premier League teams had not regularized their affiliation with the association on time.
In a meeting that was reportedly held on Wednesday night, a Board of Governors decided to pardon the trio of Miscellaneous, Nico United and Tafic Football Club.

A reliable source revealed to Voice Sport that a decision was taken that the Premier League Chairman and his assistant should meet with the BFA National Executive Committee as a matter of urgency, and ask for clarity as to the guidelines followed to have relegated Notwane reinstated to the Premier League.
“The constitution is silent on that regard. There is no policy that guides us on what to do in a case where some of our members’ affiliation is terminated. The league leadership will propose play-offs between Notwane, BR Highlanders and Great North Tigers,” said the source.
At press time the matter was reportedly on the way to the BFA-NEC for further scrutiny.  There are already people in the NEC who are of the opinion that the teams must be pardoned to avoid a chaotic situation. Other members however feel that the same sanctions taken against Police X1 and Security Systems must apply.

The matter is expected to be hotly debated, with some football pundits calling for an urgent General Assembly to map a way forward and avoid cracks within the football fraternity.  Meanwhile Nico United Chairman Robert Wankie told Voice Sport that as far as he knew his club was a paid up member of the association.“There is nothing like that, whoever said those things doesn’t know what they are talking about,” he said.
Tafic FC Public Relations Officer Dubani wa Dubani said they had not received any correspondence from BFA. “That is news to us. I find it difficult to comment on an issue that has not been officially sent to us,” he said.