Wednesday Mar 07, 2018. 10:00
Botswana’s Township Rollers have cruised past Tanzania’s Young Africans via a 2-1 win in the first leg of their CAF Champions League first round match.
In his post-match reaction, coach Nikola Kavazovic said he was pleased with their performance on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam.
Two goals from Lemponye Tshireletso and Motsholetsi Sikele gave Popa the deserved win at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The Serbian boss also thanked the Vice President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi for encouraging the team through his pre-match tweet.
"Absolutelly deserved win. But I am not satisfied since we had to score five and stamp them under the Kilimanjaro! We have an excellent result for second leg in Gaborone,” said the coach.
“We must be wise and smart. They are a top team in continental frameworks. They will come to Gabs for all or nothing. But if we repeat our best from previous three games, our chances for group stage are realistic.”
The coach added that their preparations were perfect and said they are growing their stature on the continent.
"Anyways, we are growing and becoming a serious team at continental level. All credit to my players and staff and management. Now they are living their dream and they deserve it," added the 42-year-old.
"Our second goal is top of modern football. (Ball) possession, passing, creating space, space runs and execution.
“(A) special thanks to the Botswana Vice President whose support gave us additional strength."
The return leg will be staged in Gaborone on March 17 and the aggregate winner will seal a spot in the group stages.