Nikola Kavazovic, coach of Township Rollers
Monday Jul 09, 2018. 10:00
Township Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic believes that their victory over Mamelodi Sundowns will send a message indicating that the Botswana giants are a growing force in Southern Africa.
The Botswana Premier League (BPL) champions edged out South African giants Sundowns 1-0 in an international club friendly match which was played at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday.
Rollers' experienced forward Joel Mogorosi scored the only goal of the match in the first-half and Serbian tactician Kavazovic was happy with his charges' performance.
"It is good to say you beat Mamelodi Sundowns, the former African champions. But we must be honest, this is not Sundowns at their strongest; they have just come back from the off season and are still working on getting to their right level. But we are also not yet at full strength," Kavazovic said on the club's official website.
"After four weeks of training and the two matches against Sundowns I can say we are going in the right direction. This win will send a message the we are a growing force in Southern Africa. Last year (in Francistown) we came close to defeating Kaizer Chiefs, but they equalised late.
"Now we have managed the win tonight. But what is important was to prepare how we are going to face Al Ahly in Alexandria (Egypt), and I was happy with the way we kept our shape," he continued.
"The new players came on and did well. It is nice when players we identified from last season as potential signings, like Mini Cooper (Mothusi Cooper), TT (Thatayaone Ditlhokwe), and Benteke (Tumisang Orebonye), coming on and do well.
"We miss key players through injury, but Edwin Moalosi could be back for the match in Egypt. If we avoid a heavy margin defeat against Al Ahly it could be considered a good result, but we could go there and spring a surprise."
Sundowns and Rollers were using the match as preparation for their upcoming 2018 CAF Champions League group stage matches.
Rollers are scheduled to face Egyptian giants Al Ahly in a Group A match in Alexandria on July 17, while Sundowns are set to take on Togolese side AS Togo Port in Group C clash in Lome on the same day.