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KCCA go through narrow defeat to determined Rollers – 2018 CAF Champions League

Kampala Funds City Authority (KCCA) FC commenced there in the 2018 CAF Champions League, Group A marketing campaign with a 1- defeat to Township Rollers at the National Stadium in Gaborone 

The win can take the Botswana giants to the leading of Group A standings following match day just one, even though Uganda’s KCCA are placed fourth on the table.

The Blues dominated the match from the start with Lemponye Tshireletso wanting perilous for the home aspect.

he skilful forward defeat 4 KCCA defenders just before forcing goalkeeper Tom Ikara into a very good save twelve minutes into the game.

Tshireletso then almost benefited from some miscommunication at the again concerning KCCA defenders and Ikara just before the 50 %-hour mark.

The shot-stopper came out speeding to very clear the ball and it strikes Tshireletso, but KCCA defender Ibrahima Kizza made an important goal-line clearance.

Nonetheless, Tshireletso was not to be denied in the 36th minute when he pounced on to a bad pass by the defence and he fired the previous Ikara to make it 1- to Rollers.

The momentum was with Rollers with half-time split approaching and it must have been 2- to the hosts 7 minutes just before the split.

Tshireletso unleashed an impressive shot which was spilt by Ikara and by some means Joel Mogotosi skipped the focus on from the rebound.

KCCA then contained Rollers right until the match referee Ferdinand Udoh from Nigeria the half-time whistle and the score were 1- to Rollers at the interval.

The Rubbish Collectors commenced the next-50 % very well and they came really near to levelling issues three minutes into the game.

Muhammad Shaban strikes the crossbar with Rollers shot-stopper Keagile Kgosipula very well-overwhelmed and Rollers managed to very clear their traces.

Nonetheless, Tshireletso continued to torment the Rubbish Collectors’ defence with his rate and ability.

The Botswana international was unlucky not to seize his brace when he pulled the result in from selection in the seventieth minute and the ball strike the woodwork with Ikara overwhelmed.

Nikola Kavazivoc, the Rollers coach, then made the decision to make a tactical adjust – pulling out attack-minded Motsholetsi Sikele and he launched keeping midfielder Gape Mohutsiwa

Mohutsiwa was deployed just in front of the Rollers defence as they appeared to consist of KCCA in the closing phases of the game.

This authorized KCCA to attack and they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area in stoppage time.

Nonetheless, Derrick Nsibambi’s work from the resultant free-kick was finger-tipped in excess of the crossbar by Kgosipula, who ensured that the game ended in a 1- win favour of Rollers.

Rollers (1) 1 (Tshireletso 36′)

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Rollers: Kgosipula, Mathumo, Motlhabankwe, Gaolaolwe, Ditshupo, Mogorosi (Ncenga 90’+2), Tshireletso (Matete 89′), Moyana, Sikele (Mohutsiwa 74′), Ntege, Boy.

KCCA: Ikara, Awanyi, Kizza, Kirabira, Okello, Nunda (Nsibambi 58′), Obenchan, Shaban (Kaddu 90′), Bukenya, Musamali,

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Botswana coaches association unhappy with Rollers coach – Botswana Premier League 2017/18


Township Rollers players celebrating a goal during the Mascom Top8 final at the Francistown stadium, Botswana on 23 April 2016. Monirul Bhuiyan/Backpagepix

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Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 12:00


Botswana Football Coaches Association (BFCA) are unhappy with Township Rollers coach Nikola Kavazovic’s recent remarks following incidents that occured during their 2-0 win over Sharps Shooting Stars.

The Serbian tactician, who was appointed Rollers coach prior to the current campaign, accused Sharps of playing ‘kick boxing’ and breaking players legs after the Botswana Premier League match which was played at the UB Stadium on Sunday.

The BFCA have since released the following statement:

“This is the position of BFCA regarding incidents that happened at the UB Stadium on Sunday 22 October in a game between Sharps Shooting Stars and Township Rollers is as follows.

“The role of BCFA is to bring unity amongst coaches, to play attractive football that will bring supporters to the stadium. It is upon this objective that we condemn any statement that that is seen to bring the coaching profession into disrepute and make people to belittle the profession.

“If any statement has been uttered by any coach practicing in Botswana, it is a very unfortunate statement which can tarnish the image of the coaching profession and is against the aim of the BCFA that reads,” to draw up development programmes for coaches according to the conditions and characteristics of our game of football by setting regulations and Improve compliance and working relations between the club and coaches.

“However we are carrying our own investigations which will determine the next step the BFCA will take. We will do everything to protect the game and ensure that everyone who goes to the stadium enjoys the beautiful game.”



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Township Rollers sign Zimbabwean Katsvairo – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Michelle Katsvairo of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Paulus Masehe of Free State Stars during the 2016 Telkom Knockout match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 06 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 14:00


Zimbabwean forward Mitchelle Katsvairo has reportedly secured a move to Township Rollers from Kaizer Chiefs on loan.

The 27-year-old attacker failed to live up to expectations in his first season with Chiefs and the South African club decided to make him available on loan.

Botswana giants Rollers have since decided to sign Katsvairo, who helped Zimbabwe win the 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa.

This is according to Botswana publication, Weekend Post official website:

“The two teams concluded the agreement last weekend according to sources. The Zimbabwean will have his wage paid by Chiefs with Rollers concerned only about his accommodation.

“The forward is expected to enhance the team’s attacking option after the plans of signing Tanzanian striker Rashid Mandawa miscarried,” a statement read on the site.

The same publication contacted Rollers communication manager Bafana Pheto for a comment on Katsvairo’s loan deal, but he declined to discuss the issue.

”Check Jagdisgh – he could be aware, as of me I’m oblivious of anything of that sort,” he said.

Repeated attempts to solicit comment from Rollers club president Jagdish Shah by the publication could not materialize as his mobile number was not going through until the time of print.

Katsvairo joined Chiefs in July, 2016 having helped Chicken Inn clinch the 2015 Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League (ZPSL) title.



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Chiefs & Rollers relationship explained – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs is challenged by Kaone van der Westhuisen of Township Rollers during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollers on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 18:00


Township Rollers public relations officer Bafana Pheto says there’s mutual respect between them and Kaizer Chiefs.

Botswana side Rollers are scheduling to host South Africa giants Chiefs in an international club friendly match at the Francistown Sports Complex on Saturday.

The two sides clashed in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match with Chiefs winning 2-0 at the James Motlatsi Stadium in South Africa last weekend.

“Kaizer Chiefs are our friends that is why they decided to follow us here,” Pheto told Botswana Football.

Chiefs will take on their fierce rivals Orlando Pirates in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup in Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 July.

“They have a cup game that they are preparing for and they came with full squad,” he added.

“We respect them and they respect us, so on Saturday both teams will give their best to win the game.”

Kick-off between Rollers and Chiefs is at 15h30 CAT.



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Wounded Rollers await Chiefs in Botswana


Maano Ditshupo of Township Rollers and Mogakolodi Balatotse of FC Satmos

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 14:00


Township Rollers captain Maano Ditshupo and his troops will be seeking revenge when they face South African outfit Kaizer Chiefs this Saturday.

Botswana giants Rollers are scheduled to host Chiefs in an international club friendly match at the Francistown Sports Complex in Francistown.

This is after Chiefs defeated Rollers 2-0 in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney this past weekend.

Maano, who is a central midfielder by trade, stated that they need to learn from their encounter with the Soweto giants.

“We started slow (against Chiefs), but as the game continued we managed to get forward,” Ditshupo said.

“We should have worked on converting the half chances we had when we went forward, but it was not to be.

“We will learn from this and hopefully come back stronger against Chiefs next week.”

In their maiden appearance in the pre-season tournament, Chiefs won the Maize Cup trophy after beating Free State Stars 1-0 in the final on Saturday.



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Township Rollers announce 2017/18 technical team


Lawrence Majawa of Township Rollers leading a celebration during beMobile sponsored Botswana premier league match between Township Rollers and Extension Gunners at the Lobatse stadium on 19 March 2016. MONIRUL BHUIYAN/Backpage pix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 18:00


Serbian tactician Nikola Kavazovic has been appointed new Township Rownship head coach.

The 41-year-old tactician has coached in his home country, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives as well as Laos.

In August 2012, the new Rollers mentor was the youngest national team coach in the world when he was in charge of Tajikistan.

Kavazovic will be assisted by Mogomotsi Mpote, who guided Popa Popa to the 2016/17 Botswana Premier League (BPL) title.

Rollers announced their new techincal team on their official Facebook page:

Introducing – Our Technical Team for the 2017|2018 Footballing Season.

1. Headcoach : Nikola Kavazovic (from Belgrade, Serbia)

2. Assistant Coach : Mogomotsi “Teenage” Mpote

3. Technical Assistant and Head of Youth Development: Dragojlo Stanojlovic (from Koceljeva, Serbia)

4. Goalkeeper Coach : Thabo “Mahala” Motang

5. Youth Coach : Leutlwetse “Luu Tshireletso”

6. Physical Fitness Trainer : Tshephang Chyna Mokaila

7. Team Medic : Patrick Rachaba

8. Team Doctor : Dr. Thusang Gure

9. Kit Manager : Tshepo Lentswenyane

10. Team Manager : Motshegetsi Mafa

Rollers will take on South African side Kaizer Chiefs in the Maize Cup semi-finals, and the winner will face Free State Stars or Platinum Stars in the final.

All games will take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney, South Africa on Saturday, 15 July 2017.



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Township Rollers close to announcing new coach


Lawrence Majawa of Township Rollers leading a celebration during beMobile sponsored Botswana premier league match between Township Rollers and Extension Gunners at the Lobatse stadium on 19 March 2016. MONIRUL BHUIYAN/Backpage pix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 19:30


Botswana side Township Rollers respond to reports linking the club with Serbian tactician Nikola Kavazovic.

The Rollers coaching job is currently vacant and the club is hoping to appoint a new head coach before the 2017/18 season.

The new Rollers coach could be in charge of the club at the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup in Orkney, South Africa on Saturday, 15 July.

Several coaches including South African tactician Khabo Zondo and Serbian coach Kostadin Papic have been linked with the coaching job.

Rollers secretary general Khumo Masonya has revealed that they have shortlisted three coaches for the position, but he could not deny or confirm if the club will be interviewing Kavazovic.

“I can confirm that we shortlisted three coaches for the position and we are expecting them in for interviews this coming week,” Masonya told The Patriot on Sunday.

“I do not know why but maybe it is because since the said guy needed a Visa to come here and some concluded that we had hired him.”

Rollers will face South African giants Kaizer Chies in the Maize Cup semi-finals, and the winner will face Free State Stars or Platinum Stars in the final.

All matches will take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney, South Africa on Saturday, 15 July 2017.



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Botswana side Township Rollers to host Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Gift Sithole of Platinum Stars clears the ball from Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 17 May 2017 © Anton de Villiers/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 13:00


Kaizer Chiefs are set to play Township Rollers in an international club friendly match.

The encounter is scheduled to take place at the Francistown Sports Complex in Botswana’s second city, Francistown on 22 July 2017.

Amakhosi will travel to Botswana for the first time since 2015. Chiefs beat Rollers 1-0 in the 2015 CAF Champions League preliminary round second-leg match in Gaborone.

Prior to that the two glamorous clubs will meet in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match in Orkney, South Africa on Saturday, 15 July.

Rollers made the announcement through their official Facebook page on Wednesday:

“BREAKING NEWS – SAVE THE DATE !!

We shall host Kaizer Chiefs FC on 22nd July 2017 for a club friendly fixture at the Francistown Sports Complex,” a statement read.

The winner between Rollers and Chiefs will meet Platinum Stars or Free State Stars in this year’s Maize Cup final.

All matches are scheduled to take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney.



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Botswana’s Township Rollers out to improve in Maize Cup


Bafana Pheto of Township Rollers during the 2017 Maize Cup Launch on 27 June 2017 at Protea Hotel Klerksdorp © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Wednesday Jun 28, 2017. 15:00


Botswana’s Township Rollers Media and communications manager, Bafana Pheto says they are delighted to take part in this year’s Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup in South Africa.

Tse Tala are making their second appearance in the tournament as they failed to impress in the 2015 inaugural edition.

After a 2-2 draw against Platinum Stars in 2015, Rollers lost 5-4 on penalties at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg.

However, with the 2017 tournament set to be played at James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney, Pheto insists they will improve this time around.

“As Rollers, we are glad to be part of the Maize Cup and we are honoured, it will give us an exposure and experience to play foreign clubs,” said Pheto.

“We will grow from this tournament and at the same time, we will be gauging our players as we are in a pre-season.

“We have a new coach who will also want to see and measure the players. If you remember very well, we were leading 2-0 against Dikwena in 2015.

“However, our players were excited and we ended up conceding as we lost the game. We were excited and became clumsy at the back.

“We want to bring a fighting spirit this year.”

The Botswana giants are set to lock horns with local South African giants Kaizer Chiefs in the second semi-final at the James Motlatsi Stadium on 15 July in Orkney, North West. Kick-Off is at 12h00.



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Township Rollers star Gabonamong retires


Tunisia’s Mohamed Ali Moncer and Botswana’s Mogogi Gabonamong vies for the ball during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Tunisia and Botswana on November 14, 2014 at the National Stadium in Gaborone, Botswana

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 02, 2017. 14:00



Botswana senior national team veteran Mogogi Gabonamong has decided to retire from competitive football.

The 34-year-old defender-cum-midfielder recently helped Township Rollers clinch two successive Botswana Premier League titles.

“I have decided to retire from football,” Gabonamong told Rollers’ official website.

“I just felt this was the right time, I am at an age where I feel I have done enough and need to move on from playing the game.

“I intend to carry on with football matters, although I’ll no longer be a player, I’ll still continue to contribute to football. My advice to younger players is that there is no substitute to discipline and hard work,” he added.

“Your lifestyle should reflect the fact that you are a footballer, you need your body in good condition at all times. Young Batswana players should be ambitious; dream big about playing in Europe.”

Gabonamong, who had a trial stint with English giants Manchester United as a teenager, had a long illustrious career winning major trophies in Botswana and South Africa.

Nicknamed Gino, Gabonamong spent nine years in the South Africa Premier Soccer League – making 237 appearances, a record for a Motswana.

Gino had spells with Engen Santos, Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United where he won the 2012 Nedbank Cup.

Gabonamong, who has 47 Botswana senior national team caps, also played for Morvant Caledonia United in Trinidad and Tobago.



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Township Rollers star Mogorosi omitted from Botswana squad – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Mogakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 20 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday May 29, 2017. 14:30


England-based Renei Batlokwa has been named in the Zebras squad that was announced by the Botswana Football Association (BFA).

The Zebras will face DR Congo in an international friendly match in Morocco on Sunday, 4 June 2017, before hosting Mauritania in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier six days later.

The squad includes Batlokwa who is currently plying his trade in the United Kingdom (U.K) for Southend United, while Township Rollers forward Joel Mogorosi was left out.

Long serving Zebras defender Boitumelo Mafoko, who has announced his retirement from competitive football, is not part of Peter Butler’s squad.

English tactician Butler remains in charge of the Botswana senior national team and he’s expected to sign a new long-term contract with the BFA.

The full squad:

GOALKEEPERS

Kabelo Dambe, Mwampule Masole (both Township Rollers), Michael James (Black Forest)

DEFENDERS

Bogosi Kaekwe, Mosha Gaolaolwe (both Township Rollers), Moreetsi Mosimanyana (Jwaneng Galaxy), Thato Kebue (Mochudi Centre Chiefs), Mothusi Johnson (Tafic), Ofentse Nato (Athletico de Kolkata), Onkabetse Seforo (BDF XI)

MIDFIELDERS

Kabelo Seakanyeng (Gaborone United), Lebogang Ditsele (Highlands Park, SA), Lemogang Maswena (Orapa United), Lesego Galenamotlhale (Mochudi Centre Chiefs), Lemponye Tshireletso (Township Rollers), Mogakolodi Ngele (BidVest Wits, SA), Mpho Kgaswane (Baroka FC, SA), Richard Legwaila (BDF XI), Tapiwa Gadibolae (Police XI), Thatayaone Kgamanyane (Black Forest), Thero Setsile (Jwaneng Galaxy)

STRIKERS

Omaatla Kebatho (Orapa United), Tumisang Orebonye (Gaborone United), Thabang Sesenyi (Jwaneng Galaxy), Onkabetse Makgantai (AS Vita, DRC), Renei Batlokwa (Southend United, UK)



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