Township Rollers are doing everything possible in readiness to take on South African soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs in the first round of the CAF Champions league. Rollers have a Valentine’s Day date with Chiefs at Soccer City Stadium at 1930hrs.
The team’s secretary General Khumo Masonya told the media on Monday they have already registered 28 players with CAF for the games. Masonya said these included the likes of newly acquired Tshepo Motlhabankwe and Jerome Ramatlhakwana.
“This means that we still have two slots to fill as CAF requires a maximum of 30 players to be registered, said Masonya, adding that they have until January 31, 2015 to have registered all the players that they will use in the CAF campaign.
According to Masonya, Rollers will depart the country on the 11th February 2015 for South Africa. He said arrangements are also made for supporters who want to travel to the game. At just about P370 supporters can be able to get return transport to this big clash. “We encourage supporters to use Mahube buses as he is our transport partner and he has pledged a 10 percent discount for the money charged. We are also still negotiating a good sitting for our supporters at the stadium at a reasonable price,” added Masonya.
For the return leg in Botswana, Rollers will host Chiefs at the National stadium on the 28th February 2015 at 1530hrs. The tickets of the game will be sold at P200 grand stand and P50 the rest of the stands. It is, however, indicated that the P50 price will change to P75 form the 15th February 2015.
“This is an initiative to get people to buy tickets in time and avoid last minute purchase. No ticket will be sold at the National Stadium and all ticket sales will be stopped at 1300hrs on the day of the game,” explained Masonya.
Even though it looks like all is well planned for the Township Rollers officials have hinted at fears of financial constraints should the team proceed to the next rounds. Masonya said CAF’s demands for the hosting team are too high as it is required to pay the match officials an allowance of $750 each, provide them with transport and security.
It is also the responsibility of the host team to provide transport, accommodation and security for the visitors. If they do not get any help going forward the officials foresee financial problems creeping in.