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NDC nullifies judgement against Rollers

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DISPUTED: Ofentse Nato

The National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) have overturned a decision by the Botswana Premier League Disciplinary Committee (BPL DC) to deduct points from Township Rollers.

An earlier ruling by the BPL DC Acting Chairman, Rapula Okaile, had not only cost Rollers 10 points and 8 goals, but it also saw the long running log leaders handing an impending league Championship to Mochudi Centre Chiefs on a silver platter.

Popa had to settle for second position after their docked points and goals were awarded to Gilport Lions, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Miscellaneous and Police XI.

The Acting BPL Chairman will now face disciplinary action after the NDC found his conduct un-sportingly when issuing his letter of the 28th April 2016 instructing the Acting BPL CEO to dock the points against Township Rollers.

The comedy of errors at BPL has seen Magosi’s championship celebration cut short as their protest and those of Miscellaneous and Police XI were referred back to BPL DC for hearing, and judgement is expected to be handed down by next Friday.

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It was also ruled that the “BPL Log Standings shall ONLY be released after the protests procedures in relation to protests mentioned have been concluded”.

The NDC said yesterday that Okaile’s conduct had been grossly prejudicial to the reputation of the BFA. “The Committee therefore resolves to press charges against Mr. Okaile which shall be laid out in detail through separate communication,” the judgement read in part.

Meanwhile Township Rollers have since filed an appeal with FIFA as they firmly believe that Ofentse Nato, the player at the centre of the dispute, was properly registered in line with the FIFA statutes regarding registration of professional players outside the transfer window.