The festivities that characterised Botswana soccer in 2004 might be back early next year. Reports reaching Sunday Standard are that South African top side, Kaizer Chiefs, will lock horns with Township Rollers at the National Stadium in January.
The game, a friendly, is scheduled to be played on January 20 when the league in South Africa would be on break because of the Africa Cup of Nations in which South Africa is participating.
Negotiations between the two sides are reported to be at an advanced stage and it is only a matter of time before the two teams sweat it out. When contacted about the game, Rollers management would not confirm nor deny that they are going to play Chiefs. Managing Director Somereset Gobuiwang told Sunday Standard that anything is possible. He added that it would also be a good development to play a top side like Chiefs. The last time the two teams played was in 2004 when Chiefs won by a solitary goal.
The game would also be a marketing tool for some of the Rollers players who habour an interest in playing professional soccer. Rollers have a reputation of playing friendly games against South African top teams. The last time Rollers played a friendly was in 2006 against Jomo Cosmos. Rollers won 3-1 and the match launched the professional careers for Rollers players like Moemedi Moatlhaping and Phenyo Mongala. The two players scored the three goals and impressed Sono. They were finally signed by Silver Stars.