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Mogorosi, Msomi medal receipts spark controversy

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Township Rollers staged an emphatic performance on March 3 to be crowned the 2018 Mascom Top 8 champions after defeating Orapa United 4-2 in front of a capacity crowd at the Francistown Sports Complex.

Revenge must have been sweet for Popa as they were  humiliated in the season five finals by the same opponents with a 3-1 score line, but it was the off the field incidents on Saturday (March 3) that took centre stage.

The Saturday victory was quickly marred by controversy during the medal presentation when Rollers players’ Joel Mogorosi and Thokozisi Msomi took to the podium to receive their winners’ medals something which rose eyebrows as both players are barred from playing or participating in BFA activities during their suspensions.

Following their role in the ugly scenes that blemished the beautiful game a month ago during the Rollers-Tafic encounter at the University of Botswana Stadium when the  two led a furious charge at Tafic defender Samuel Phiri after slapping their teammate Edwin Moalosi.

Both Mogorosi and Msomi were found guilty by the premier league disciplinary committee and hit with a combined suspension of 17 games and  rendered ineligible to play or participate in BFA activities during their suspensions which effected on February 15.

Mogorosi and Msomi presence on the podium during Saturday’s winners medals presentation sparked some controversy on either they acted against the ruling of the disciplinary committee or they were infringing on the committee ruling.

Botswana Premier League, chief executive officer, Thabo Ntshinogang also confirmed that his office was aware of possible disciplinary committee contravention by both Mogorosi and Msomi as the two were still on suspension, adding that he was still to consult with the BPL prosecution team who were only illegible to make a ruling on the matter once all the investigations were complete.

“At the moment I cannot confirm or deny any suspicion of infringement from the two Rollers players but file the matter with the league’s prosecuting team to rule on,” he said.

He said both players would be called to the disciplinary committee if found guilty of any wrong doing in going to the medal podium to receive their Mascom Top 8 winners medals on Saturday (March 3).

Meanwhile, Rollers public relations officer, Bafana Pheto refused to comment on the matter indicating that his team should be credited for their achievements rather than dwelling on the negativity that might spoil the sponsors’ relations with the football fraternity. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Thato Mosinyi

Location : GABORONE

Event : Interview

Date : Mar 06 Tue,2018


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