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Mascom Top 8 in limbo

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Kgatleng  giants  Mochudi  Centre  Chiefs  have this week  lodged a protest  against bitter  rivals, Township Rollers  over  Ofentse Nato, who they say was used as a defaulter  during their  Mascom Top  8 semi-final game last  week.

The case is expected to be heard before the Botswana Premier League (BPL) Disciplinary Committee DC) tomorrow (Thursday). Following a 3-1  drubbing  at  the  hands  of Rollers  in  the lucrative 2015/16 Mascom Top  8 first  leg  semi-final  at  the Francistown  Sports Complex, Magosi moved quickly  to lodge a complaint with the BPL accusing  their  rivals  of using a defaulter.

Nato  was  recently   signed  by  Rollers  from India’s Atletico de Kolkata during  the  last  transfer  window. In an  interview  this  week, Magosi  spokesperson  Clifford  Mogomotsi  confirmed that  they  have  made  an  official  appeal  with  the BPL over  Nato’s  status.

“The rules (BFA Play rules and regulations) are very clear,” Mogomosti said. According to  regulation 6.4, any team  that  fields a defaulter  during a knockout competition or play  off, shall  be  deemed  to  have  lost  the  game in question.

The regulations  go  on  to  state  that a protest  or  information  about  the  use  of  the  defaulter  should be brought to the attention  of  the Disciplinary Committee within 30  days  of  the said  game. The  regulation  further  states that  the  team  that fields a defaulter  shall  be liable  to  fines  between P1000 and  P2000.

Contacted for comment this week, the BPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennet Mamelodi confirmed the appeal. “Chiefs  are  saying  that  I did  not register Nato properly but  that  is all  I  can  say  because  the  case  is  before  the BPL Disciplinary  Committee (DC).”

For  his  part, Mascom Top 8 Local Organising Committee (LOC)  chairperson  Bickie   Mbege  said  they  have  not  received  any  protest  from Chiefs, adding  that  there was tension  from  their (Chiefs) part  after  the Friday game.

This  week, the Rollers  spokesperson  Phempherethe  Pheto  said they were aware  of the  protest but  they  have  not received  any  official  correspondence  regarding  the  matter.

Meanwhile  another  beMOBILE premiership  team  Gilport Lions  has  also  lodged  a protest  against Nato  who  played against  them  in a recent league  encounter.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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