Thursday, June 24, 2021

Galaxy sniff P3 million cheque

Diamond mining town based Jwaneng Galaxy are set for a do or die two-legged encounter in search of a P3 million cheque in the CAF confederation cup. 

The 2019/20 BTC premiership champions are scheduled to lock horns with South African DStv premiership giants Orlando Pirates in the last hurdle towards the group stages of the continental club showpiece.

A ticket to the group stages of the mouth-watering continental cup guarantees a P3million cheque for all competing teams. After the last hurdle, 16 teams will be drawn in four groups with two clubs proceeding to the quarter finals of the lucrative continental club competition. 

Galaxy dropped down from the CAF champions league early this year after South Africa league champions Mamelodi Sundowns inflicted a 5-1 defeat over the two legs while Pirates got a free pass into the final round before the group stage.

The two clubs are set for the first leg encounter in Botswana on the 14th February with the second leg slated for South Africa on the 21st February 2021. With the Botswana Premier League (BPL) games halted 11 months ago, Galaxy enters the match as underdogs while their counterparts Pirates are midway the DStv premiership season.

With all contact sports halted in Botswana, Galaxy will host Pirates without competitive preparatory matches while Pirates are still to play two competitive matches of the DStv premiership and Nedbank cup ahead of the crucial first leg encounter. Since featuring in the club continental competition, Galaxy is yet to reach the group stages while Pirates were once lifted the CAF champions league trophy in 1995.

Champions of the confederation cup pockets P13.5 million while runners up are entitled to P6.8 million. Semi finalists of the cup takes home P4.9 million with quarter finalists receiving P3.8 million for their efforts in the tournament. 

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