Tendai Nyamadzawo of Gilport Lions and Goghamodimo Samuel of BR Highlanders during the beMobile Sponsored Botswana Premier league match between Gilport Lions and BR Highlanders at the Molepolole Sports Complex on 2 April 2016. MONIRUL BHUIYAN/backpage pix
Friday Dec 01, 2017. 11:00
1. A Premier League game between Sharps Shooting Stars and Gilport Lions that was scheduled to be played at the University of Botswana stadium on November 29th did not take place. The game was initially scheduled for Otse Police College but was moved to UB Stadium after the premier league office was alerted at about 11 am on the day of the game that the stadium was no longer available. It turned out that the college was going to have an event at the stadium the following day - November 30th 2017 and that the stadium had to be custom prepared on the day of the game.
2. Upon receiving the unfavorable information from Otse, the Premier League immediately informed the teams of the unfortunate development. Sharps the host team agreed to approach UB purposefully to secure the stadium for the game. Sharps has long communicated to the Premier league that they have an agreement with the University of Botswana that gives them liberty to play their home games at the university stadium. A decision to move the Sharps vs Gilport Lions game to UB stadium was therefore largely informed by their standing agreement with UB.
3. Premier League dispatched one of its officers to accompany the Sharps senior executive who was going to meet with the University facility management for the purpose of securing the stadium. Once the discussion to secure the stadium had been positively concluded, with only the remaining action being to pick permit from a different office, the premier league officer left for the Secretariat to inform the management that the stadium has been secured and that the permit would be with Sharps, the host team.
4. It would later turn out that the Sharps’ Senior Executive did not go to pick the permit from where he was pointed to pick it. It is owing to this that the teams arrived at UB without the permit and UB security guards could not and, did not allow them entry.
5. Notwithstanding the above elaborate explanation of cause for the failure of the game to take place, the premier league office wishes to apologise for the inconvenience that this may have caused members of the football community, especially supporters who turned up for the game.
6. Following this incident, Botswana Premier League office has resolved to urgently dialogue with the management of all Premier League Clubs over the issue of booking and confirming availability of venues for their home games. We shall continue to strive to ensure that supporters and the rest of football community members are made to go through such a moment of disappointment.