Botswana’s log leaders Jwaneng Galaxy have been handed their first League title after the football season was cancelled in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Botswana Football Association (BFA) took the decision after recommendations from a medical committee to end the season.
Hopes of the league resuming were dashed after a medical committee indicated it would cost more than R430 million to return to action.
The move means the bottom three clubs TAFIC, Miscellaneous and Molepolole City Stars have been relegated.
In a statement, the association said the national executive committee had “unanimously agreed to end the football season”.
In ending the season, BFA confirmed “the team at the summit is crowned champions and the teams at the bottom of the table are relegated”.
When Covid-19 slammed the door on football activities in the diamond-rich nation, Galaxy held a one point lead over 2018/19 champions Township Rollers with 10 games remaining.
The decision will see Masitaoka and Sua Flamingoes promoted to the elite league, while Mogoditshane Fighters and Nico United are expected to feature in the play-offs to decide the third team to be promoted.
There was a feeling within the BFA’s highest decision-making body, the NEC, that two-thirds is a sizable number of games to declare the leading club a winner.
It, however, remains unclear what will happen to the Orange FA Cup, which was at the quarterfinal stage. Clubs were consulted for their input on their preferred choice of proceeding with the season.
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By Mthokozisi Dube