The journey across the African continent has been thrilling for most local teams lately, with the chase for better results in continental football seemingly possible, Gaborone United and Security Systems will take up the challenge in this season's CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup respectively.
The two sides will have a bit of pressure through their journey given the recent performance of local teams in the competition in the last few years, Township Rollers have managed to make the group stages in 2018 and Jwaneng Galaxy in the last season. Both GU and Systems will be looking to replicate this kind of performance.
Gaborone United will take on AS Vita Club (DR Congo) as they seek to make the group stages of the CAF Champions League, while Security will play against FC Saint Eloi Lupopo (DR Congo) in their maiden African journey.
All eyes will be on Moyagoleele in the tournament as the star studded side is expected to be competitive in Africa given their dominance in local football. The team has won the two available trophies last season and expectation is that they will take their form to Africa.
This will be a massive opportunity, not only for the club and supporters but for Coach Innocent Morapedi and his assistant Pontsho Moloi to take on other renowned tacticians in the African continent.
With the team having revamped the squad with a few exceptional players including sensational midfielder, Mothusi Cooper, the dominant Money Machine should have a very strong team with the likes of Mpho Kgaswane, Thatayaone Kgamanyane and Goitseone Phoko bringing their experience to the team.
The quality they possess should emphatically give them a chance to compete in the tournament and follow the footsteps of both Township Rollers and Jwaneng Galaxy; for them they should also be competitive in the groups should they make it that far.
On the other hand, ambitious Security Systems will be in their maiden season of African football, the team will endure the demands and challenges of traversing the continent for the very first time and they should have a strong back to hold all the weight that will be thrown at them.
Moreover, the team has fresh talent but lack experience somehow although given a chance, the exuberance of the players might be used to their advantage since the team is overflowing with eager enjoyment on the field.
Kaelo Kaelo’s troops have been playing to their strengths lately and are hoping to take the youthful energy to Africa, where they will meet uncompromising and militant sides.
The group of young boys should be prepared physically and psychologically for the challenge that is ahead of them in the continental showpiece.
The first leg of the tournament will be played from September 9 to September 11 Sep while the return leg will be on 16 to 18 September 2022. The two teams have had a solid pre-season and now await the biggest challenge.