DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Football Writer, Kick442.com, Cameroon
Cameroon Elite One outfit, Coton Sport of Garoua have lost their opening game of the group phase of the ongoing 2020/2021 CAF Confederations Cup competition. The Coton Weavers picked a 1 nil defeat from host JS Kabylie of Algeria on Wednesday March 10, 2021.
The Garoua outfit, manned defensively by the likes of 2020 CHAN sensation, Etame Ngombe and Thomas Eta Bawak had a near tough start of the first segment with Ngombe and mates overhauling over two goal scoring movements setup by the Yellow Lions at the November 1st Stadium.
Continuous pressings moves which led to defender Goni Ali being booked at the 23rd minute as the visitors embarked on moves to calm the high tempo of the home side.
The outfit led by former Coton Sport and Cameroon Indomitable Lions tactician, Denis Lavagne increased pressure on the Garoua side during the second half with the poor management of an 88th minute corner kick leading to Coach Aboubakar Souleymanou’s boys conceding a highly dreaded late goal via Souyad.
This, moments after the 15 time Cameroonian champions who travelled without suspended Banga Salomon and Daouda Kamilou, were reduced to 10 men following a second booking for Goni Ali at the 73rd minute.
Wednesday’s defeat against the Coton farmers ensured Captain Felix Ourkine and mates picked their 3rd defeat from the Algerian side in 7 meetings in all competitions combined and their first since 2008 when they lost to the club in the return leg of the quarter finals of the CAF Champions League.
The outfit that arrived Algeria this morning following travel hitches caused by Covid-19 restrictions on flights into Algeria, are now ranked 3rd in group B behind RS Berkane who overpowered NAPSA FC of Zambia 2 nil and JS Kabylie with 3 points each.
Their next game in the competition will be on March 17, 2021 against the Moroccans and defending champions, Berkane.
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