Gate takings stolen as ticket scam hits BPL

By Bakang Mhaladi

GABORONE – A Botswana Premier League (BPL) intern spent part of the long Easter weekend in police cells after he was nabbed over a ticket scam involving a high profile encounter between traditional giants, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers.

The two met on Saturday, with Rollers emerging 2-1 winners of an absorbing encounter but it was the off the field shenanigans that stole the thunder.

Police arrested and then released a BPL intern after investigations into counterfeit tickets printed for the encounter, which attracted a sizable crowd.

However, reports are that a former BPL official was behind the fake tickets and the intern was on instruction to distribute the tickets.

Several other people were found with the tickets and questioned by the police who are now on the trail for the source of the tickets.

Acting BPL chief executive officer, Thabo Ntshinogang said it was too early to comment on the weekend incident. He said home side, Rollers was responsible for the distribution and sell of tickets.

Rollers spokesperson, Bafana Pheto said some people were caught selling counterfeit tickets.

He said the suspects were reported to the police where upon questioning revealed that they got the tickets from ‘someone’ at the Botswana Premier League.

On the same night, robbers made away with the team’s gate takings believed to be P90,000, although exact figures were not immediately available.

It is said robbers tailed the team’s officials to club offices and just before entering the complex, they struck.

No arrests had been made at the time of going to press.

Pheto said they are waiting for police to conclude their investigations.

He added that club officials transporting the cash were confronted by robbers while awaiting the security officers to open the gate to the club’s offices.

The alleged robbers then fled the scene with the vehicle, which was found dumped in Gaborone’s Phase Four location the following day.

“Everything was found inside the car except the tickets and the money,” Pheto said.

Meanwhile, Rollers emerged with the biggest Easter bunny, despite losing their gate takings. The log leaders pulled two points clear at the top after their win over a battling Chiefs, as nearest rivals,

Jwaneng Galaxy could only manage a 1-1 draw against Green Lovers on Good Friday. Rollers are now on 48points with while Galaxy moved to 46 points.

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