Township Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic has praised midfielder Ivan ‘Kojja’ Ntege after their 2-1 win over Tanzanian side Young Africans.
Kavazovic singled out the awesome work rate, positional sense and authoritive display from the diminutive Ugandan.
Ntege gave us something special in the match against Young Africans. He covered a lot of spaces, was a leader to the team and passed well over short and long distances.
Botswana record league winners, Township Rollers caused a shock with a convincing 2-1 victory in the opening leg of the CAF Champions League first round game.
Gangly forward Lemponye Tshireletso and Motsholetsi Sikele scored the visitors in match Simba fans cheered on Township Rollers.
Obrey Chirwa had on the 30th minute mark leveled the game with a superb strike past goalkeeper Ramadhani Kabwili.
“He was given special instructions which he adhered to and we won the game. He is a good team player,” the Serbian coach spoke of the Ugandan, a former boxer and ex-KCCA FC player.
The return leg shall be held in the national stadium, Gaborone on 17th March 2018.
Township Rollers XI: Keeagile Kgospula (G.K), Maano Ditshupo,, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Simisani Mathumo, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Kaone Vanderwesthuisen (44’ Ivan Ntege), Motsholetsi Sikele, Lemponye Tshireletso, Segolame Boy, Mthokozisi Msomi, Joel Mogorosi
Substitutes Not Used: Mwampule Masule (G.K), Tshepo Matete, Thato Bolweleng, Gape Mohitsiwa, Obuile Ncuenga, Edwin Olerile
- Head coach: Nikola Kavazovic
- Assistant coach: Leutlwetse Tshireletso
- Goalkeeping coach: Thabo Motang
- Technical Adviser: Mogomotsi Mpote
- Doctor: Keeme Mariba
- Physio: Tshephang Chyna
- Manager: Patrick Rachaba
Match Officials for Yanga Vs Township Rollers:
- Center Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
- 1st Assistant Referee: Willy Habimana (Burundi)
- 2nd Assistant Referee: Pascal Ndimunzigo (Burundi)
- 4th Official: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
- Match Commissioner: Mangaliso Jabulani Langwenya (Swaziland)