Main Ditshupo of Township Roller and Khaled Taha of EL Merreikh during the 2018 CAF Champions League football match between Township Rollers and EL Merreikh at National Stadium,Botswana on 10 February 2018 ©/BackpagePix
Thursday Mar 08, 2018. 16:00
Township Rollers look set to become the first Botswana club to advance to the group stage of the CAF Champions League.
Popa defeated Tanzanian side Young Africans 2-1 in the first round first-leg match at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on Tuesday.
A draw or a win for Rollers in Botswana next weekend, will see the BTC Premiership champions book their place in the group stage.
The Botswana Football Association (BFA) released the following statement stating that Young Africans should expect a blue Gaborone when they face Rollers in the second-leg clash on the 17th of March 2018.
“Botswana Premier League club, Township Rollers, continued their brilliant run in this year’s African Champions League with a 2-1 away victory over Young Africans from Tanzania in the first leg of their second-round clash on Tuesday. Mapalastina went into the game high on confidence and mood after winning the Mascom top 8 three days earlier.”
“Having ousted top Sudanese side Al-Meirrekh in the previous round, Rollers now have a valuable away win that gives them the advantage to proceed to the 16-team pool stage in Africa’s elite competition. Rollers is the only BPL side still left in the Continental Club competitions after Jwaneng Galaxy were eliminated out of the CAF Confederations Cup.”
“Young Africans of Tanzania should expect a blue Gaborone when they return the second leg on the 17th March. The National Stadium is expected to be full as Batswana wants to witness Rollers making history by being the first team ever to represent their country at the group stages of the CAF champions league,” a statement read.