On Thursday morning (November 22) in a match practice against Prisons XI, Lemponye “FC” Tshireletso struck a lovely goal from distance, reminiscent of the CAF Champions League wonder strike earlier this year in the 2-1 away win over Young Africans of Tanzania.
Tshireletso’s quality as a footballer is without doubt despite a slow start to his 2018-19 campaign. To quote the legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, “form is temporary, class is permanent.” One of Township Rollers’ stars of the 2018 CAF Champions League run spoke to rollersfc.com…
“I have not been happy with my form so far this season,” Tshireletso admits. “When the season started I was recovering from injury and sometimes it takes time to get into the right rhythm. I am used to scoring goals and having an overall better contribution to the team effort. I am working hard at getting back to my normal game.”
Rollers start the new season of the Champions League against Bantu of Lesotho with the Popa faithful having high hopes after the Blues qualified for the group stages of the previous edition, rubbing shoulders with eventual champions Esperance of Tunisia and runners up Al Ahly of Egypt.
“Playing against those sides helped us to develop as a team. Personally my experience over the years playing for the national team in different stadiums on the continent in front of large crowds helped me to gain the necessary exposure for continental football. We learnt a lot in the previous campaign and we hope to carry on this season,” he says.
Bantu present Popa with the first challenge on Tuesday night in Lobatse in the first leg of the preliminary round tie, and Tshireletso believes the Blues have got it within them to have a good start.
“Given the experience we have picked up over the past year you could say this time we are not going into our first match as underdogs, unlike the last time. But we are going to respect our opponents and expect a tough match, we can only do our best and hope to get the right result to progress,” the soft spoken star says.
Tshireletso also believes Rollers are capable of repeating their 2017-18 success of a league and cup double as well as making it into the CAF Champions League group stage.
“We still have quality players like we did last season, and although we have parted ways with the coach, we now have a coach of similar quality being brought on board. We have made a good start and top the log with close to half the league season gone; I believe this team can go on to repeat last season’s success,” he says.
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