Bokamoso South, T98 disqualified

Bokamoso South, T98 disqualified

MASERU – The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) has disqualified the title contending duo of Tornado 98ers (T98) and Bokamoso South from the National Basketball League (NBL) playoffs after both teams were found guilty of using suspended players.
The two clubs will be replaced by KTA All-Stars and National University of Lesotho (NUL) Rovers in the on-going playoffs to decide the 2018/19 NBL champions.

The players in question are T98’s Tšeole Kojane and Faku Masupha of Bokamoso South.
Both players were given one game suspensions by the LBA but did not serve their respective suspensions.
The LBA judgement was made on Saturday and letters of disqualification were sent to the clubs on Tuesday.
At the beginning of the season, the LBA separated the elite NBL league into two conferences for the first time.
Bokamoso South competed in the Southern Conference while T98 were in the Northern Conference. Both clubs finished on top of their respective conferences and were touted by many as favourites for the NBL title.

“It has been reported that a player from your club, who was rightfully disqualified from a game, appeared on your team list and played without serving his suspension,” the LBA’s suspension letter to T98 and Bokamoso South read.
“This is a complete disregard to the spirit and our Code of Conduct. It is a general knowledge in Basketball in Lesotho that any player that gets disqualified from a game is automatically suspended from playing the next game (one game suspension),” the LBA said.

“Your team unfortunately did not help the situation but allowed the player in question to play knowing very well that is a complete violation of our Code of Conduct. This behaviour leaves us with no option but to apply the law, your team is therefore disqualified from the play-offs; your team lost the game by default for fielding the player in question. The rules of the game must be respected and guarded by all of us,” it continued.
As a result of the disqualifications of T98 and Bokamoso South, the scheduled second round of the playoffs, which was supposed to take place this weekend, will no longer continue and will now be rescheduled to a later date.

Tlalane Phahla

 

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