Police have confirmed the arrest of a Botswana Premier League officer caught selling duplicated tickets for last Saturday’s Township Rollers v Mochudi Centre Chiefs game
The suspect is due to appear before Extension II court this Thursday (20th April) facing a count of robbery.
It is not yet clear whether he was part of a syndicate or acting alone.
Speaking to Voice Sport, Old Naledi Station Commander King Tshebo revealed investigations were at an early stage but that officers found the accused in possession of ‘something linking him to the incident’.
“I cannot go into more details now as we have not finished registering the witnesses statements. More details will be shared by the investigating officers at court,” he said.
Saturday proved to be an extremely unlucky day off the pitch for Rollers as the club were involved in a robbery later that same night.
The theft, which took place at Commerce Park en route to the club’s head office, occurred at around 11pm.
According to Popa’s Public Relations Officer, Bafana Pheto, thieves intercepted the club’s treasurers, forcing them out of their car.
The robbers then made off with the day’s gate takings – believed to be in the region of P90, 000 – as well as sold and unsold ticket stubs.
The bandits fled in a Mercedes Benz, which police recovered abandoned in Gaborone’s Phase 4 location the following day.
Pheto said while they were shocked by the illegal selling of their match tickets, it was an unfortunate coincidence that they were robbed twice in one day.
“We were still trying to establish how that man managed to print tickets and sell them. We asked people at the gate to keep track of tickets numbers so that we can help the authorities to investigate the issue. It was unfortunate that we were later robbed the gate takings and stubs which we were going to use to track tickets sold during the day,” said Pheto.