Attention now shifts to Young Africans as Township Rollers start devising a plan to overthrow them in the first round of the CAF Champions League. Rollers will take on Young Africans of Tanzania in the next round after their convincing 4-2 aggregate win over Al-Merrikh of Sudan. Despite the 2-1 loss midweek in Sudan Rollers made it to the next round following their 3-0 win at home. Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto said they are happy with how the team played against Al-Merrikh. Pheto congratulated the players for the good play they displayed both at home and in Sudan. However, he hastened to say the celebrations are now over and they are now looking at the next chapter. “We are happy that we are proceeding to the next round but now the focus has to shift to beating the next opponent,” he said in an interview. Pheto said they are now studying their next opponents so that they can beat them to move even closer to their target. He said from next week the team will be studying Young African’s tapes just like they did with Al-Merrikh. At the beginning season Rollers management set targets for the team and one of them included finishing at least in the group stages of the CAF Champions League.
Pheto said this target still stands and winning the preliminary stage of this competition against Al-Merrikh gave them hope that they can attain it. “We believe that we are still within the parameters of this target and we are going to work hard to achieve it,” he added. Rollers will play Young Africans on March 6, 2018 in Tanzania. Progress into the CAF competition now leaves Rollers under enormous pressure as the team also has the Mascom Top 8 final on March 3, 2018. This might result in the team having congested playing schedule which will affect the performance of the players. Talking to the matter Pheto said since their CAF fixture and that of the Top 8 are close together they were hoping that the Mascom Top 8 LOC would consider this and postpone the final. “If we will be playing CAF on March 6th it will be too close to the Mascom Top 8 final and it will leave the players with little time to rest given that it will be an away fixture,” he said. This week the Mascom Top 8 LOC had to meet to discuss the way forward on this matter. The LOC had been awaiting the confirmed date for the Rollers/Young Africans match to decide on what could be done. It remains to be seen whether the date of the Mascom Top 8 will be changed. Meanwhile preparations for the final continue with the date set for the 3rd of March.