GHETTO GOES BLUE: Rollers in Ftown for spectacular Saturday

Kitso Ramono
LET BATTLE COMMENCE: Rollers face Angels in the tourney's second game

It’s Ghetto’s turn to ‘go Blue’ this Saturday as the Blue Nation roll into Francistown for the final leg of their nationwide tour.

In a month-long campaign dubbed ‘Taking the Team to the People’, Township Rollers have done exactly that, bringing the popular Popa brand to fans across the country as part of their preparations for the new season.

Having started at a packed-out National Stadium with a 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs at the end of July, Rollers followed that up with a 2-0 win in Maun, this time putting the Namibian champions, African Stars SC to the sword.

The blue bandwagon then headed to Serowe, where Orapa United were the next to taste Mapalastina’s fire, the Ostriches plucked apart in a 4-1 hiding.

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All the games featured curtain raisers between local social clubs in the area.

Now the curtain comes down at the Obed Chilume Stadium with the ‘One Day Spectacular’, a four-team tournament that will see newly promoted Tafic take on Morupule Wanderers at 1000hrs followed by Rollers v Eleven Angels at 1200hrs.

Whoever loses that will go straight into a loser’s final, with the grand finale then set to kick-off at 1600hrs.

Reflecting on the outreach programme, Rollers PRO, Pako Lebanna said it had gone ‘brilliantly’.

“What we were doing was more like killing two birds with one stone. We managed to take our players to our fans who were really excited interacting with them, as most of the places like Serowe and Maun it’s hard to see a Premier League match being played there. Another thing, our players managed to train with different players instead of only their teammates and also our Coaching stuff managed to assess the players,” revealed Lebanna.

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Licking his lips in anticipation at the battle ahead, the PRO told Voice Sport Saturday’s tourney should serve as perfect warm-up for the main event, the start of the season, which gets underway on 12 September, when Rollers will face Masitaoka.

“We expect fireworks because we have invited the crème de la crème of north teams. As you know, northern teams are not to be played with, and we expect a very tough competition! But we have faith in our players and coaches because they have revealed to management that the team is ready for anything,” concluded Lebanna.

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