And now for Raja Casablanca!


Carrying a precarious 2-1 lead from the first leg, Chiefs walked on to a well-populated Botswana National Stadium in Gaborone facing what most believed to be a potential banana skin.

But Rollers were nothing like the team that impressed with their confident, counter-attacking play at the FNB Stadium two weeks ago.

Expectations were that Rollers will start the match like a house on fire but the Botswana champions took their time to feel their way into the match despite them needing to win the tie.

It was Chiefs actually who went on attack from the onset, Amakhosi creating two chances within the initial five minutes.

Matthew Rusike shot straight at Rollers goalkeeper Mwampole Masule with a tame shot as early as the first minute before Siphiwe Tshabalala appealed in vain for a penalty when he appeared to be hacked from behind inside the box.

The Chiefs star then had a shot from range easily saved on 13 minutes before going for a spectacular bicycle kick four minutes later to connect a good cross by Bernard Parker when a header would probably have brought him better reward.

Amakhosi’s persistent play eventually bore fruit just before the half-hour mark when Tshabalala turned provider, his long delivery into the box not cleared by the Rollers defence and falling into Siyabonga Nkosi’s path.

The midfielder had all the time to execute a half-volley that easily beat Masule Mwampule to see Chiefs take the lead just as they did in the first leg, giving them a two-goal cushion overall.

Try as they did to get into the game, Rollers just did not have the firepower to trouble Chiefs although they managed to force numerous corner kicks that they wasted.

And just as in the first leg, Rollers also managed to get behind the Amakhosi defence but too often the man receiving the final pass was in an offside position.

Late in the game, Rollers threw everything bar the kitchen sink as they attempted to get into the game but they met an immovable object in the Chiefs defence, Erick Mathoho and Tefu Mashamaite.

In the end, Nkosi’s first half strike was the only goal in a match that was generally disappointing as Chiefs booked an intriguing clash with Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca.


Township Rollers 0

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1

Nkosi 28

Chiefs win 3-1 on aggregate

Original source: And now for Raja Casablanca!