Jwaneng Galaxy has vowed to honour the 2023/24 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League and Confederation cup competitions set to resume in August 2023, while Gaborone United and Orapa United who are still to know their fate for their qualifiers have also promised to do the same.
Galaxy qualified for the Champions League after winning the Botswana Football League (BFL) 2022/23 season while GU and Orapa United will have to await the Orange FA cup final in June 17th to decide which team qualifies for the Confederations Cup.
CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup are the two biggest football events in Africa and the Total Energies CAF Champions League will be the 60th edition of Africa’s premier club football tournament organized by CAF and the 28th edition under the current CAF Champions league title.
All the teams confirmed with Times Sport that preparations are afoot for the continental showpieces.
Galaxy public relations officer (PRO) Tankiso Morake assured that preparations are ongoing to make sure that all is set for their participation in the competition. Morake has trust in the quality of their players and coaches to compete anywhere in the continent and has since promised to fight in the group stages of the competition or even go beyond.
“We ended at the group stages last time when we took part in the competitions so this time around we will improve more in our approach and preparations,” he said.
For his part, Gaborone United PRO Herbet Letsebe confirmed that the money machine is in a position to take part in the continental competitions despite having failed to win the domestic league this season.
“Our plan is to play among the likes of Mamelodi Sundows, TP Mazembe and Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League or Confederations Cup. This is because we want to gain recognition in the region and outside as well as be consistent and perennial in the tournament,” he said.
This he said is despite participation in the CAF competitions being very expensive highlighting that in their last assignment when they travelled to Democratic Republic of Congo they used more than half a million for travel expenses.
Letsebe has revealed that their aim is to finish in the group stages of the competition should they win against Orapa United in the Orange FA Cup.
Orapa United PRO Amelton Gaefhele also said that they are focused in winning the Orange FA cup so as to qualify for the Confederation Cup. He said playing in a competitive tournament in Africa is one of their missions.
“Financial limitations are the ones that can hinders us from achieving our objectives of honouring such competitions,” he added.
Gaefele is of the view that measures can be put in place to mitigate financial challenges to make sure the team honors the continental competitions.