TONOTA FC’S FUTURE HANGS IN THE BALANCE
The recommendation made by the First Division North League committee on Sunday is set to provide a litmus test for the Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s democratic ideals.
Early this week, First Division North league committee penalised Tonota FC for the club’s failure to honor a rescheduled match against Kazungula Young Fighters.
Tonota FC founder, Maokaneng Bontshetse said he did not travel for the rescheduled match because he had appealed the decision made by the BFA Disciplinary Committee (DC).
The second round match between Tonota FC and Kazungula was abandoned with three minutes before the final whistle following incidents of violence.
A second assistant referee of the day was assaulted as one of the Kazungula players pelted stones at the linesman.
After dealing with the abandonment of the game, the DC ordered that the game be played again at the same venue, Kasane Prisons Grounds to which Tonota FC failed to honor.
Tonota FC’s failure meant that the headless outfit contravened the play rules and regulations hence the forfeiture of two goals and three points.
The committee further recommended that Tonota FC be suspended for six months and a fine of P10 000. As it stands, the future of Tonota FC is in the hands of BFA.
With that in mind, BFA is now under the spotlight. After the announcement of the verdict by the First Division North League committee in an open court here in Francistown on Sunday, there were some murmurs from the floor.
Voice Sport approached some of the club officials who were present to establish the source of murmurs which erupted after the recommendation.
“Maokaneng is a friend to the BFA bigwigs. And this recommendation will be swept under the carpet,” lamented one official who declined to be named for fear of reprisals from the top brass.
Another official whose club plies its trade in the Debswana First Division North League lamented that the BFA would not deal with Maokaneng decisively.
“He has brought nothing else but mayhem in the lower league. In fact he is encouraging indiscipline among affiliates,” charged another club official who also declined to be named.
Sources within the First Division North League said cracks could further widen if the BFA continues to protect Maokaneng at the expense of other clubs.
Efforts to get a comment from the BFA president Tebogo Sebego were futile as he was busy at press time. However, since taking over at BFA, Sebego has always preached professionalism and transparency.