For a long time, Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership has been calling for professionalism in local football. One of the teams that have taken heed to this is Township Rollers. The club is by far the best run team in the country and its professionalism has not gone unnoticed as it attracts international interest. Township Rollers officials and players have since been invited to Lesotho to share their story with one team there. Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto confirmed that the team will be leaving for Lesotho next week Friday for a match against Matlama FC.
Pheto said it all started with a visit by Lesotho football delegation which came to Botswana something in February. He said that after attending a number of their trainings the delegation was impressed about how Rollers was doing their things. The delegation also attended the team’s second leg of the Mascom Top 8 semi-final against Mochudi Centre Chiefs. “They then came to us after the game and told us how impressed they were with how we run things. They assured to go back to Lesotho and see if any team can invite us to learn from us,” said Pheto. It was after some time that Rollers received in invitation from Matlama FC to go and play them. According to Pheto, this is an all-expense paid trip for the team.
While in Lesotho, Rollers officials will have a meeting with their Matlama FC counterparts to exchange ideas on how best they can improve football. The meeting will then be followed by a match between the two sides on 13th August, 2016. Rollers will leave for Lesotho on August 12, 2016. Pheto called on Batswana who are interested to travel with the team to Lesotho to join them, saying arrangements have been made for those who are willing to go. “We have arranged transport to Lesotho and back and it is only P584,” he revealed. For Township Rollers this will be also be part of their preparations for the 2016/17 season.