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INTO AFRICA: Rollers against Kaizer Chiefs

Popa to pocket at least P5 million in the Group stages

Botswana’s leading football club Township Rollers are on the brink of achieving a first for Botswana football.

Rollers’ 2-1 away first leg victory against Tanzania’s Young Africans has put them in pole position to qualify for the 2018 Total CAF Champions League Group stages for the first time in history.

Two goals from Lemponye Tshireletso and a famous 83rd minute winner by Motsholetsi Sikele sees Nikola Kavazovic’s charges with one leg in Africa’s Premier club competition group stages.

Rollers will welcome the Tanzanian Champions on 17th March at the National Stadium in Gaborone, a match that could catapult Popa into the annals of history.

The Blues dazzled the East African soccer fans on Tuesday afternoon with Sikele’s winner coming after a scintillating 20 passes to set-up an exciting second leg fixture in a fortnight.

The draw for the group stage will be held on 21 March 2018. The 16 teams that made it will be drawn into four groups of four.

The teams are seeded by their performances in the CAF competitions for the previous five seasons (CAF 5-Year Ranking points).

In the group stage, each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the quarter-finals of the knockout stage.

In the knockout stage, the eight teams play a single-elimination tournament.

Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis.

If the aggregate score is tied after the second leg, the away goals rule is applied, and if the teams are still level the match will be decided through a penalty shoot out.

The third and fourth placed teams in the groups will bow out with US$0.55 million (P5.27 million).

Quarter finalists and semifinalists pockets US$0.65million (P6.22m) and US$0.8million (P7.66m).

The losing finalists will receive silver medals and US$1.25m (P11.97m) while the Total CAF Champions League winners gets a whooping US$2.5m (P23.94m).