Double Champions Township Rollers have not yet made up their minds concerning regional football tournaments.
By virtue of being the beMobile Premier League Champions Rollers have qualified for the Orange CAF Champions League. The Gaborone giants have also won the Coca Cola cup and automatically qualify for the Orange CAF Confederations Cup.
There is no doubt that Rahman Gumbo’s led charges are spoilt for choice. However logic dictates that the ten times league and five times Coca Cola winners should pit their strength against the best in the Champions league.
The ruthlessness with which the Gaborone West outfit displayed for the entire season should be tried out in the region, not against teams that won tournaments after playing just five matches. Rollers need to tussle it out with other league Champions like Al Ahly of Egypt, South Africa’s Super Sport United or Dynamos in Zimbabwe.
Should Rollers opt for Confederations Cup, their action will smack of cowardice.
The club’s Publicity Secretary Monamodi Kgopana told Voice Sport that the club is in no hurry to decide on which competition to participate in.
“We have not made a choice at the moment but our destiny is in our own hands as we are under no pressure to choose. When we finally choose we will take part in a competition that we feel will be of great value to us as a team,” Kgopana said.
There are worries from the Chiefs’ faithful that their archrivals may try to frustrate them in their dream of playing regional football. Chiefs have come second best to Rollers in all competitions and have a chance to play in either of the competitions.
The rivalry between these two clubs is what has led to Chiefs supporters thinking that the two times champions may drag their feet to make their decision.
Kgopana however contends that there is still time for either of the clubs to prepare for the looming regional tournaments.
“We are still in the off-season and are yet to meet as a club to map the way forward,” he said.
The Premier League General Manager Setete Phuthego agrees that there is still plenty of time for teams to prepare for the coming tournaments.
“We are still playing last season’s version of the tournaments and as soon as that approaches the end teams should be in a position to state their intentions,” Phuthego told Voice Sport.
Chiefs Public Relations Officer Clifford Mogomotsi could not be reached for comment as he was said to be in South Africa while team Manager Ernest Molome’s mobile phones could not be reached.