• Teams in joint-coaching clinic before the game
Township Rollers and Kaizer Chiefs will hold a coaching clinic for 40 young players at Lekidi New Artificial Turf Pitch before their all-important CAF Champions league clash. The coaching clinic, which will be held on Friday at 0900 hours, will be conducted by players and technical members from both Rollers and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.
Even though the Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs are expected into Gaborone on Friday afternoon, their advance party arrived today (Thursday) for the coaching clinic. The clinic is organised in partnership with Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC). BNSC’s marketing and communications Manager Modiri Ontitile told this publication that the clinic will be conducted by four members from each team.
Meanwhile all roads will be leading to the National stadium on Saturday for the second leg between the two soccer giants. Rollers and Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to seal a place into the 2nd round of the competition with Rollers trailing by a goal after their 1-2 loss two weeks ago.
The high tickets price has not deterred supporters from buying. Even South Africans are crossing into Botswana to buy the tickets well before the game. By Wednesday this week a number of Kaizer Chiefs supporters from as far as Zeerust came into the country to secure their tickets.
This publication met with some of these supporters who just came into the country only to buy the tickets and go back to wait for the big day. The supporters said the tickets were already sold out in their country. Even Kaizer Chiefs’ number one supporter Saddam Maake spoke on Motsweding FM, saying the tickets that were available in South Africa were sold out.
Maake said arrangements were made to secure tickets for those who are willing to come for the game. He said there will be a number of buses that will be ferrying the supporters into Botswana for the game. The Rollers camp has revealed that no tickets will be sold at the stadium with the sales closing at 10am on Saturday.
The Rollers-Chiefs game is expected to be a thriller as both teams have their full squads ready. Report from South Africa is that the Kaizer Chiefs duo of Itumeleng Khune and Tshepo Masilela, who had knocks during the weekend, are cleared to play this weekend. Rollers will be looking at players like Segolame Boy to work magic for them beat Kaizer Chiefs and proceed to the next round.
Popa Popa supporters will hold a motorcade in a build-up to the game on Saturday morning at 9am. The motorcade will start in Gaborone West at Mma-Masire grounds and end at Gaborone Secondary School grounds. Gates at the stadium open at 11am and entertainment will be provided before the game.