- PSL Champions Mamelodi Sundowns will travel to Botswana this weekend to play a friendly against Township Rollers
- The pre-season friendly is a replay of last week’s match which took place in Rustenburg
- Sundowns won the last match 3-0 but of greater importance to the club is the preparation the match brings ahead of the defence of their CAF Champions League title
Mamelodi Sundowns will travel to Botswana this weekend to play a pre-season friendly against Township Rollers FC. The match will be played at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday and will start at 15:30.
The match is a replay of last week’s friendly which took place in Rustenburg. It will provide Sundowns fans in Botswana with the opportunity to see their heroes in action.
Sundowns won the last encounter between the two teams by a convincing 3-0 margin but of greater importance for the club is the preparation the match will bring ahead of the CAF Champions League competition.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mamelodi are the defending African Champions and are preparing to mount a serious title defence. The trip to Botswana serves as a way to get new players accustomed to playing outside of South Africa and will allow players to sample the playing style of non-South African clubs.
Township Rollers confirmed the friendly would take place by releasing details of the match and ticket prices on its official social media pages.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Sundowns will -in a move which is reminiscent of when Barcelona visited South Africa- jet into Gaborone shortly before the match is due to start and will return to their base at Chloorkop later the same day.
Township Rollers appeared bullish about their chances against the current African and South African Champions in the rematch. The club said while Mamelodi had deserved the first win, the margin of victory was not a true barometer of their own performance.
Sundowns are scheduled to face AS-Togo Port on 17 July for their next match in the African league and will have to make a quick recovery as they face Kaizer Chiefs in the newly established Shell Helix Ultra Cup four days later on 21 July.
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