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Botswana’s Rollers beat KCCA FC of Uganda
to lead group A in CAF Champions League

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 narrowly wide.

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 crossbar.

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.

Tshireletso nearly 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.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

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 (Ethiopia).

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.

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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.

Botswana capitalized 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.

           

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