CAF: Bring it on!

SHARE   |   Sunday, 01 February 2015   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
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Township Rollers players are eager to get started with their CAF Champions League campaign. Lesego Molemogi, who has been with Rollers for 10 years, and had played in a CAF competition in 2006 with Rollers, said that the preparations have gone well and that everyone is excited about the prospect of playing Kaizer Chiefs. Molemogi said they are getting the right motivation from their officials as they prepare for this game. He said that the game is already self-motivating for the players, adding that the inclusion of other experienced players like Jerome Ramatlhakwane and Tshepo Motlhabankwe will just make the whole thing even more exciting. He said that though Kaizer Chiefs have a bigger following, every player who will be called in the final team will be ready for the challenge.
"It will be time for each and every player to show their talents, though we will be playing people who have quite a better league than ours," Molemogi said. In 2006 when Rollers participated in the CAF competitions, they were still with their current coach Madinda Ndlovu, who had just arrived in Botswana by then.
They were knocked out in the first round.
Molemogi said he believes that with the current team they will be able to progress further into the group stages because they now have experienced players who can match up the best in African teams. "This time the team got something very special. I think we are going to match our opponents Pound to Pound, we have all that it takes," he said.
Team captain Sekhana Koko also confirmed that his team is ready. He said they are aware of the expectations of the nation, and insisted that they are aiming to go past Kaizer Chiefs, since their coaches are also experienced.
"I believe in the team that we have. The boys are hungry and this is an opportunity for young players to perform against those players even though they might be their idols,” he said. He added that it is just a matter of who wants it more, assuming that the pressure is more on Chiefs. He said the league games that they are having are worth it because they are with big local teams and as such increasing the tempo of the players. 
The team has confirmed that the signing of goalkeeper Noah Maposa and midfielder Dirang Moloi.
Rollers manager Motshegetsi Mafa revealed that whatever signings that they are doing are all about business in order to boost their following.
"The players that we call in are brands themselves, the likes of Jerome Ramatlhakwane, Dirang Moloi and Tshepo Motlhabankwe. So automatically these people increase our following and make everyone want to be part of Rollers," Mafa said. He also revealed that Mogogi Gabonamong will be coming straight to join them after six months when his contract ends at Bloemfontein Celtic. He said that they tried negotiating to get him before the CAF competitions so that they can manage to use him in CAF games in order to guide the young ones, but Celtic wanted them to pay for the six months that is left of Gabonamong’s contract. 
He said they have agreed with Gabonamong that he will play just for a year, also as a way of giving back to the team that exposed him to the peak of his career which saw him moving to South Africa. He said that as Rollers they care about their supporters and making sure that their merchandise sells in millions, something that it is able to do right now.
He said that from the new signings that they have made, they have also seen many people gracing the stadium, giving an example of the game between Extension Gunners and them where they made P268 000, when they used to make about P170 000 if they would say they have made a lot of money. On whether this is not affecting the players, since they will have a lot of talent on the bench, Mafa said that this is a motivating factor for the players to fight more for their positions and prove their worth.

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