Rollers, Sua Flamengoes Battle For FA Cup Quarterfinal Place


Township Rollers on Friday travelled to the northern town of Sowa where the Blues face Sua Flamengoes in the Orange FA Cup Round of 16 match on Saturday afternoon.

The winner between the two sides with get into the hat for the quarterfinal draw as Popa seek to emulate last season’s record of reaching the final and going one better this time to earn the crown.

The Blues arrived in Sowa on Friday night before gaining rest after the 600 km travel ahead of the cup tie.

Rollers will have the option of Ivan Mbowa who returns from suspension and Lemponye Tshireletso who has recovered from the injury that saw him sit out of last weekend’s Mascom Top 8 final.

But the Blues will miss Kabelo Dambe, Ofentse Nato, Edwin Moalosi and Kitso Mpuisang who are injured.

Sua Flamingoes top Debswana First Division North equal on points with Nico United but with a superior goal difference, as the two sides battle it out for automatic promotion to the Premier League with just four games left.

Last week Sua defeated Francistown City Greens 2-0 through a Mooketsi Mboy Leotwane brace, and will want to prove their credentials as a potential elite league outfit by claiming the scalp of the Mighty Blues.

But Rollers will also be prepared for battle and will want to proceed to the next round for the chance to win the tournament for the first time under its current “Orange FA Cup” sponsorship, and for a record seventh time overall as a national FA Cup competition.

Officially the FA Challenge Cup but for sponsorship reasons known over the years under different names such as the Lion Cup, Coca Cola Cup and now the Orange FA Cup, the tournament historically has Rollers and Gaborone United as the most successful sides with six wins.

Under current sponsorship, the tournament has only one winner, Orapa United, who defeated Popa in last year’s final.

Kick off in Sowa Town will be at 15:30.

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