Township Rollers coach, Nikola Kavazovic has said the real test waits in Sudan in the return leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round to be played in a fortnight.
Rollers defeated Sudanese giants, Al Merriekh 3-0 in the first leg on Saturday at the National Stadium.
Kavazovic said his players’ mental strength would be tested when they visit the 16-time Sudanese champions in front of a large number of their supporters.
“We must be happy with today’s result, but nothing is over, absolutely nothing is over because supporters there, that is hell. Hell is waiting for us, 70,000 people come to their stadium five hours before the game, it is going to be hell, very difficult to play,” he said.
Kavazovic was also happy to welcome Joel Mogorosi, Mthokozisi Msomi and Segolame Boy back into the side. Msomi and Mogorosi are suspended from local games for the infamous brawl against TAFIC last month while Boy was out for a week owing to an injury.
The result saw Rollers increase their chances of reaching the first round of the CAF Champions League
Goals from Mosha Gaolaolwe, Edwin Moalosi and Boy put the 14-time league champions in pole position of proceeding to the next round for the first time in just over a decade. Popa put a dominant performance on the day with their opponents failing to pose the threat on the field as they do on paper.
The Red Devils as Al Merriekh are called have competed in all the 19 editions of the competition with their best finish being the semi-finals in 2015 while Popa have only went past the preliminary round once in 2006.
Meanwhile, Jwaneng Galaxy entered their continental debut on a low note as they lost 1-0 to Costa da Sol of Mozambique in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup played at Mozambique on Saturday.