By: David Gombe
Township Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic says that they are in a tough group but good preparations and a better beginning will help his side.
Speaking to Rollersfc.com, he says,
“It could be worse, it could be better. Al Ahly are clear favorites in our group, while Esperance is second. Ourselves and KCCA will search our chances as underdogs.”
He adds that making the top 16 is also success for his side but expectations have to be realistic ahead of the group stage phase,
“I am not thinking about the quarterfinals, We must be realistic and admit that just presence in the top 16 is more than a success. But I also learned from Al-Merreikh and BDF that nobody is impossible to win and that Rollers can be defeated by everyone.”
Nikola however asserts that despite having more of their concentration on the domestic league, his team are not in the CAF champions league as tourists.
“Infront of the players and technical team I can promise you that we will continue to work in blood, tears and sweat and that is only we can do.”
“Our major attention is on the Botswana Premier league and speaking about the CAF Champions League is strictly forbidden. ”
The Botswana giants who ejected Tanzania’s Young Africans FC in the preliminary stages were drawn in group A alongside Uganda’s KCCA FC, Egyptian giants and CAF Champions League holders Al Alhy FC and Tunisia’s side Clube Sportive de Tunis Esperance.
Rollers will begin their group campaign at home against KCCA on 4th May 2018 and game which will see former KCCA midfielder Ivan Ntege return to his old club.