Gaborone - Scores of Botswana Premier League champions, Township Rollers’ fans will get to see what their newly signed head coach Tomas Trucha has in store for them when his charges take on South African Premier League giants Kaizer Chiefs in a friendly match on 20 July.
Township Rollers, which won the league unbeaten under the guidance of their former Argentine tactician, Rodolfo Zapata, parted ways after he lost out on the Mascom Top 8 and the Orange FA Cup.
Rollers then decided against renewing his contract following a 3-0 loss to Orapa United in the Orange FA Cup final. The team, which is expected to start its pre-season camp soon, has also appointed Zimbabwean born striker, Zachariah Muzadzi, as its new assistant coach.
As part of the pre-season programme preparations, Trucha and his charges will face Kaizer Chiefs in Gaborone on Saturday, July 20, with the venue and other match day logistics due to be announced soon, the team’s officials revealed at a press conference that was addressed by officials from both sides.
Welcoming Trucha and Muzadzi to Township Rollers, its president, Jagdish Shah, said they would work with the existing technical team that includes second assistant coach, Leutlwetse Tshireletso, goalkeeper coach Thabo Motang, and physical trainer/conditioning coach, Chyna Mokaila.
According to Shah, Rollers will began pre-season training on 3 July and will proceed to Rustenburg, South Africa, for further training on 13 July, before returning home to host Chiefs on 20 July.
“We are still finalising on the venue issue. As you might know, Sayeed Jamal (property mogul) has been building a new stadium and we might stage the game there. We just might. In hosting Kaizer Chiefs, Rollers would continue to cement the strong relationship forged between the two clubs over the past five years,” he said.
Shah revealed that Rollers is working on adding new players to the squad, and the club would soon announce the signing of the new players after their transfers were concluded.
Trucha said, “I am happy that I am back in Botswana, and also happy to be working with Muzadzi again.”
“Our target is to win everything in the league, the Mascom Top 8 and FA Cup. Thanks also to the management for lining up strong opponents for pre-season.”
Kaizer Chiefs corporate communications manager, Vina Maphosa, acknowledged that they have got a great following across South Africa and elsewhere, including Botswana.
Mapahosa, who was accompanied by team manager, Gerald Sibeko, and club physiotherapist, Dave Milner, said Chiefs and Rollers have a good working relations, adding that they will be bringing a strong team, including their new signings.
“We are coming here as per the invite of Township Rollers, the biggest club in Botswana. We uphold the highest standards and we are visiting Rollers, a team we have been following and known as a club that upholds high professional standards,” he said.