Rollers look for revenge against Al Ahly

Rollers look for revenge against Al Ahly
Walid Azaro (R) in action against Township Rollers player Simisani Mathumo

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 26, 2018. 12:00

Township Rollers will target revenge against Al Ahly when the teams meet in a 2018 CAF Champions League group stage match at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday, July 28, kick-off at 18h00 CAT.

The teams met at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria on July 17, with Ahly claiming an emphatic 3-0 win thanks to goals from Walid Azaro, Ali Maaloul and Islam Mohareb.

The result saw the Egyptian team climb to second place on the Group A standings on four points, while the Botswana side dropped to third place on three points. The log is headed by Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis (seven points), while Uganda’s KCCA (three points) bring up the rear.

Rollers coach Nikola Kavazovic sees this clash against the Cairo heavyweights as a do-or-die encounter.

“Maths is simple. If we win against Al Ahly in Gaborone, I am sure we are in quarters. If we draw or lose, this edition of CAF Champions League is finished for us and we will turn to preparations for new qualification beginning in November,” he told his club’s official website.

Ahly manager Patrice Carteron, meanwhile, is targeting a victory in Southern Africa, though he acknowledges that Rollers will be tough opponents on their home turf.

“[The] Township game will be tough. It’s an important match and our opponent will be aiming to avenge their loss in the first leg,” Carteron told his club’s website.

“Whether it is a home or an away game Al Ahly are always looking for a win,” the French coach added.

“I am one of the biggest believers of such mentality. During my coaching career, I never went to a game looking for something other than a win.”

Kenyan referee Davies Omweno will take charge of this match in Gaborone. The other Group A game sees KCCA host Esperance in Kampala on the same day, with kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

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