Miscellaneous won’t appeal - Sefako
Serowe outfit Miscellaneous will not be appealing the recent BPL Disciplinary Committee ruling that relegated their protest case against Township Rollers’ use of Ofentse Nato to just a complaint.
The Serowe outfit had earlier been awarded 3 points against Rollers after Nato was adjudged to be a defaulter after irregularities in his registration were brought to surface.
On the sidelines of a P125 000 sponsorship handover to the club by Botswana Life on Monday morning, Miscellaneous chairperson Oscar Sefhako confirmed they had lost interest in pursuing the matter. The BPL DC ordered that Rollers be awarded back seven of the ten points docked from them in respect of alleged protests by Police XI, Miscellaneous, Gilport Lions and Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Only Gilport Lions were deemed to have followed proper procedure and were awarded three points, while the other three sides were told they could not get the three points as their protests were lodged outside the stipulated seven days.
Police XI withdrew from the matter, saying it was in the interest of football, leaving only Chiefs and Miscellaneous to decide if they would appeal the judgement. While Chiefs immediately made known their intentions to appeal, no word was heard from Miscellaneous, but this week Sefako put end to speculation surrounding the matter by declaring they had nothing to gain in appealing the ruling.
The latest development means that even if Chiefs win their appeal and get a full complement of three points for their drawn match against Rollers, they will still be unable to unseat Mapalastina at the top of the league table. Before the BPL DC hearing, Chiefs had been handed the beMOBILE Premiership trophy following the deduction of the Rollers’ points, but now the league championship has been awarded to Popa.
Meanwhile, Sefako expressed gratitude to the support they have been getting from Botswana Life who in total have given them P250 000. The initial deal was for Botswana Life to be a technical sponsor, but with the club struggling without monthly grants, the insurance giants agreed to use part of the money to pay player salaries.