How has BFA persisted with such crooked rules?

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has surprisingly persisted with some of the most crooked football rules that make some of the rulings border on the ludicrous. Some of the play rules and regulations, particularly on the use of a defaulter, are laughable and need immediate attention.

The rules are not archaic, even in the ancient times, they would have been out of place. How then some of the rules are still in place today baffles the mind. A number of local case studies have provided sufficient evidence to nudge authorities into action, but alas, it is business as usual. The 2016 Ofentse Nato case, which dragged on for months, provided the first glimpses that there is something wrong within the local set-up.

The player's registration was contested and the case dragged on for eternity with those tasked with making a ruling, failing to decisively deal with the matter. Last season, the case in which Rollers were deemed to have violated rules following the illegal registration of Onkarabile Ratanang highlighted the immediate need to tweak the regulations. After all was said and done, Rollers escaped with a fine of only P15,000 and those adjudicating could not be blamed as they stuck to the interpretation of the laid down rules. Rollers had used Ratanang in the majority of matches but there had been no official complaint, a major requirement to consider the case a legitimate protest.

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