epa06740503 Esperance Sportive de Tunis players Anice Badri (L) Fousseny Coulibaly (R) and Township Rollers player Ali Machani (C) fight for the ball during the CAF Champions League soccer match between Espérance sportive de Tunis of Tunisia and Township Rollers of Botswana at the Olympic Stadium Rades in Tunis, Tunisia, 15 May 2018. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA
Tuesday Jun 12, 2018. 12:00
Botswana Premier League (BPL) giants Township Rollers have began their preparations for their next 2018 CAF Champions League Group A game.
The Blues are scheduled to take on Egyptian Premier League champions Al Ahly in Alexandria on the 17th of July 2018.
Rollers will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Champions League having lost 4-1 to Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis in Rades last month.
The defeat left the Blues placed second on the Group A standings with three points from two games. They are only a point behind group leaders Esperance with four games left.
The two teams which will finish in the top two positions will advance to the quarterfinals. Rollers defeated fellow group stage debutants Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC of Uganda at home in their first game last month.
Rollers general manager Sydney Magagane and team manager Motshegetsi Mafu recently travelled to Egypt to arrange the team’s accommodation and logistics in Alexandria.
The Blues, who are under the guidance of Serbian tactician Nikola Kavazovic, recently resumed training this week as they prepare for their clash with Al Ahly.
The Gaborone giants took a break from training after clinching the 2017/18 BTC Premiership title following a 2-0 win over Extension Gunners last month.