Township Rollers coach Mogomotsi Mpote is confident that his team will do well in the CAF Champions League competition which starts next week. The Rollers gaffer said the team is ready to take on the Madagascan side CNaPS Sport. Rollers travel to Madagascar on February 10, 2017 and take on Madagascan champions the next day. Mpote said the team has been preparing well and he has also gathered information on the opponents. He said they have watched videos of the team’s previous matches. Soccer analysts have advised Rollers not to take the game lightly since CNaPS Sport are a reputable team in Madagascar. The team won the championship four consecutive times. Analysts are worried that Rollers might be affected by Madagascar’s climate conditions. “Since the team is leaving on the 10th of February and playing the following day they might not have enough time to rest before the game. They might also not have enough time to get used to the weather condition in Madagascar which might affect their play,” said one analyst.
Rollers president Jagdish Shah said they are having a challenge with logistics since there are only two flights between Madagascar and Johannesburg per day which is making their travel arrangements difficult. According to Shah, Rollers are going to have to dig very deep into their pockets during the first leg of the two-legged encounter. They are expecting to part ways with close to P1 million for the first leg. The teams could however lose even more money if all goes well with their plan. Rollers’ management has set the target for the team to at least reach the knock-out stage. Rollers were knocked off the competition by South African side Kaiser Chiefs in the first round two years ago. However, since Chiefs are a big team in Africa, the local outfit managed to benefit from the encounter by making around P1 million in gate takings. Hopes are high in Rollers camp as the players have been offered good incentives to reach the group stages. However, shah did not want to be drawn into discussing the team’s incentives. “All I can say is that the players will be richer if they reach the group stage,” he said. He said the objective is to play in CAF and represent the country well.