Morris Ruzivo of Sankoyo Bush Bucks
Thursday May 28, 2015. 22:07
beMOBILE Premier League rookies Sankoyo Bush Bucks saw their appeal against FC Satmos dismissed by the National Appeals Board. The judgement was delivered on Thursday evening.
The facts of the matter are that Satmos had appealed against Morris Ruzivo who they believed was improperly registered. They lost the case at the first disciplinary hearing and won it on appeal at the Botswana Football Association Disciplinary hearing.
Maun-based Bush Bucks then appealed to the highest sport body in the country.
In conclusion of their judgment the four-man board ruled that the BFA DC was right in awarding Satmos the three points and two goals.
“A disturbing feature of this case, which requires to be mentioned, is how it was possible for the BFA or any of its officials, to disregard or be indifferent to the mandatory requirements for the registration of an international player.
"Also it was the duty of Sankoyo (appealant), or any team that seeks the services of a foreign player to familiarise its-self with and fully comply with the requirements attendant on such transfers. A team that fails to do so must be prepared to live with the consequences of its failure to play by the rules,” the judgement read in conclusion.
The points now put Satmos just one place above Notwane and hence avoid relegation. The rules will then apply again that a team can’t avoid relegation with soft points.