GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
Botswana’s Township Rollers began their group
stage campaign of the 2017/18 Confederation of African Football
(CAF) Champions league with a 1-0 victory over visiting Ugandan
side Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) FC here on Friday.
The only goal of the
game was scored on the half hour mark by striker Lemponye
Tshireletso after being set up by winger Joel Mogorosi.
He cleverly rounded
the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into an empty net to hand
his team maximum points.
The win takes
Rollers to the top of group A after other group members
Esperance of Tunisia and Al-Ahly of Egypt played to a draw on
the same day.
The home side
controlled much of the first half and could have extended their
lead before the halftime break.
Mogorosi followed a
rebound after Tshireletso fired a thunderbolt from outside the
box that KCCA goalkeeper parried back into lay but his shot went
Five minutes before
the break, the home side orchestrated a superb attack move with
Motsholetsi Sikele delivering a telling cross into the box that
was met by Segolame Boy’s header, but the shot came off the
The visitors came
from the break with more determination going forward and put the
home team under pressure.
They tested their
goalkeeper on several occasions but could not find a goal to
bring them level.
got his brace midway through the second half firing a shot from
outside the box that came off the upright much to the relief of
the visitors. Rollers will now travel to Tunisia to face
Esperance in a fortnight aiming to maintain their position at
the top of the group.
Uganda’s KCCA FC prepare for
2018 CAF Champions League tie in Botswana
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s KCCA FC have geared up for their first Group A game to
Township Rollers FC in Botswana in the 2018 Confederation of
African Football (CAF) Champions League.
Head coach Mike
Mutebi told Xinhua in an interview on Monday that the team has
now entered a residential camp and the players are responding
well ahead of the game on May 4.
Mutebi said it will
be important to battle and pick maximum points away from home
before they host African giants Al Ahly (Egypt) in May in the
second group game.
To become Uganda’s
first club to reach the group stage of the Champions League,
KCCA FC eliminated CNaps FC of Madagascar and St. George
KCCA FC are grouped
alongside Africa’s record eight time champions Al Ahly (Egypt),
Esperance (Tunisia) and Botswana champions Township Rollers FC.
The other top
African team in the group stage include Wydad Casablanca
(Morocco), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Horoya (Guinea), AS
Togo (Togo), Diffa El Jadidi (Morocco), MC Alger (Algeria), ES
Setif (Algeria), TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo),
Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland), Zesco
United (Zambia) and Angola’s Primero de Agosto.
Namibia fail to qualify for
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations tournament
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s under-20 football team the
“Young Warriors” failed to advance to the second round of the
2019 CAF Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifiers in the Namibian
capital Windhoek on Sunday.
The game between
Namibia and Botswana finished 1-1, but Botswana advanced to the
second round of the qualifier on the away goals rule after a
goalless draw in the first leg.
Namibia went into
halftime a man down after Johannes Hollombach was sent off in
the 37th minute.
and Thabang Khuduga scored their first and only goal of the game
in the 50th minute.
Namibia came back to
equalize with Betheul Muzeu scoring for the Young Warriors.
Niger is the host of
the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations tournament in 2019. The four
teams that reach the semifinal in Niger will automatically
qualify for 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup.