The first leg matches of the 2021/22 Total Energies CAF Champions league and CAF Confederations cup preliminary round concluded over the weekend with local clubs Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy in action.
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Botswana’s two representatives in the continental cup, with ‘The Ostriches’ as Orapa United is affectionately called emerging victorious over visitors Coton Sport F.C, while Jwaneng Galaxy had to swallow a sour pill of losing at home against Tanzanian side Simba FC.
Despite conceding at home, Orapa United travels to Cameroon for the second-round encounter with a 2-1 lead with goals courtesy of talisman Mbatshi Elias and skipper Thabang Mosige.
With Orapa United going into the half time break leading by a goal to nil, the visitors equaliSed in the second half before Mosige netted the winner.
Galaxy will now be hopeful of getting the job done when the duo lock horns in the second leg of the encounter scheduled to take place at Coton Sport’s home ground of Stade Omnisports de Garoua on the 23rd October 2021. A win for Galaxy will see the mining town side making it into the group stages of the Confederations Cup.
On the other hand, Galaxy travels to Tanzania this week with a mountain to climb after being caught napping by Tanzanian giants Simba FC. Simba attacker John Bocco netted twice to give his side a comfortable two nil away win. Bocco scored early in the second minute concluding his brace in the 8th minute of the first half.
Reaching the quarter final stage gets a mouthwatering reward of over P3.5 million and winners pocketing over P10 million.
Meanwhile, the champions league rewards more with group stage appearance attracting a minimum of over P5 million while winners walk home with over P25 million. The only local team to have made it to the group stages of the champions league has been Township Rollers.