Nikola Kavazovic: We are not a team to threaten anyone

Nikola Kavazovic: We are not a team to threaten anyone
Nikola Kavazovic, coach of Township Rollers during the 2018 CAF Champions League football match between Township Rollers and KCCA at the National Stadium, Gaborone, Botswana on 04 May 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Saturday May 05, 2018. 08:00

Township Rollers won their first ever game in the group stages of the CAF Champions League on Friday night, but coach Nikola Kavazovic is ‘not counting his chickens before they hatch’.

A 36th minute goal from Lemponye Tshireletso handed the Botswana team a 1-0 win over KCCA in their first Group A match at the Botswana National stadium.

The other Group A game on Friday night saw Egypt’s Al Ahly playing to a goalless draw with Tunisia’s Esperance, which leaves Rollers at the top of the group standings for the time being.

Kavazovic, though, is not focusing on that and is instead concentrating on winning his side’s next few games.

“We are not a team to threaten anyone in this group. Talking about the log after one game is rubbish,” said the Rollers coach.

“We will look forward and start planning for our next games against Miscellaneous (in the league), Esperance (in the Champions League) and Gunners (which will be their last league match of the season). Our aim is to win all our remaining games.”

If Rollers do manage to win their penultimate league game against Miscellaneous then they will be crowned the 2017/18 league champions, but Kavazovic admits his players are starting to tire.

“Physically we are not so tired, but emotionally we are tired, we are extremely tired,” added the Rollers coach.

“All season people have been asking us to give and we have given, they have asked and asked and we have given.

“Tonight, against Kampala the boys were excellent but so were Kampala. We kept our defensive structures and that kept them at bay, but they pushed us back with all their ball possession. But I was very happy with our defensive transition into attack.”

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