Rollers coach vows to fight back

SHARE   |   Monday, 21 May 2018   |   By Staff Writer
EVEN IN HARD TIMES; Township Rollers supporters rally behind their team EVEN IN HARD TIMES; Township Rollers supporters rally behind their team

Despite a 1-4 defeat to Tunisian giants Esperance Sportive on Tuesday night, Township Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic has vowed that his team still have ‘one more miracle’ to show in the CAF Champions’ league group stage contest. Rollers have made their debut by defeating Uganda’s KCCA 1-0 in Botswana and hoped to proceed to cause upset in the next stage. However, against Esperance they faulted, losing concentration towards the end of the game which cost them dearly. But their coach has hailed them for putting up a fight against one of the leading lights of African football. “Congratulations to my players for attitude and desire they put on the field,” Kavazovic told rollersfc.com. “In first half we let Esperance dominate the possession and we relied only on offensive transition. Both teams could lead after half time. The opening minutes of second half we conceded a cheap goal which made me to go for all or nothing. We switched from 5-4-1 to 4-4-2 and dominated next 15 minutes. Joel (Mogorosi) and (Segolame) Boy had great chances, but no objections, they made quick reaction,” Kavazovic added. Kavazovic said acknowledged that his side was outplayed towards the end of the match as fatigue crept in on his players. “In the last 15 minutes we were not on the field. Tiredness after a long journey without enough time to adapt to the Tunis weather conditions got to us. Our players will get deserved 15 days rest after Gunners game, and after that we will have 40 days to prepare for Ahly, which will be a decisive game for us,” Kavazovic revealed. Kavazovic gave the Tunisian side due credit for their quality display of magnificent football performance on the night. “Congratulations to EST (Esperance Sportive du Tunis). At the end of day they were the better side. But, after the break, we will come out much stronger and will do our best to make one more miracle, and that would place us among the eight best teams in Africa,” the Serbian gaffer stressed. Rollers are also in the same group with Ahly who lost 0-2 to KCCA; a Ugandan side which is also making its debut in the CAF Champions’ League group stage. Egyptian champions have since parted ways with the coach Hossam El Badry. Kavazovic, whose achievements by taking Rollers for the first time into CAF Champions’ league group stages has made him a target of top teams in the region and continent, will be pinning hopes on the fact that the players are getting exposed to the demands of playing in the continent and could soon translate that into better performance. Their clash against Ahly will be more a tough contest since the Egyptian side would be chasing their first win in the group. He would be expected to devise a world class strategy to humble or at least tame them which would give them a strong chance of progressing to the knock-out stage of the competition. [rollersfc.com; The Patriot Sport team]



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