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BPL suspend league games at the National Stadium

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BRANDING CONFLICT: Rollers vs Chiefs, with the Mascom logo clearly visible in the background

The Botswana Premier League (BPL) have announced that due to unresolved branding issues, the National Stadium will not be used to host BTC Premier League games until further notice.

The problem stems around the stadium’s East stand, popularly known as Panda, which is covered in Mascom’s logos and colours.

The league’s sponsors, BTC believe this gives their competitors free mileage when BPL games are televised.

The issue came to a head during last Saturday’s televised game between Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs, when Mascom’s branding was left uncovered, much to BTC displeasure.

In past seasons, the branding was covered during league games.

However, one of the terms of Mascom’s renewed deal is that their branding is left uncovered – a development that has led to the current stand off.

The indefinite suspension will continue until the stadium’s owners, Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) manage to resolve the matter.

Saturday’s game between Township Rollers and Security Systems, which was initially meant to be played at the National Stadium, has now been moved to 4 o’clock on Sunday at the Molepolole Sports Complex.

The Sunday game between Gaborone United and Extension Gunners will now be played at the University of Botswana Stadium, with kick-off at 3:30pm.

When contacted for a comment, BPL Acting Chief Executive Officer, Thabo Ntshinogang apologised for the inconvenience caused by the change of venue.

He said engagement with BNSC is ongoing concerning the matter.