BY Afeseh Apong
Cotonsport of Garoua has played a goal less draw at home against Al Masry of Egypt, in their first group C game of the CAF Confederation cup.
Cotonsport was at home at the Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua, with the comeback of Midfielder Felix Oukine being a major boast to the cotonites.
Al Masry looked the better side in the first segment, as a youthful cotonsport side struggled to create any meaningful chances going forward.
In the second half, coach Souleymanou Aboubakar tried to shaken up the team, first bringing on Patient Wassou Gouegoue in the place of Daman Bouba and later on Kamilou Daouda, Brawdon Eno and Moubarak Moussa, to replace Jean Eric Moursou, Tombi Alemi and Djawal Kaiba.
The cotonites created several scoring chances in the last quarter of the game, which were all wasted.
Al Masry defended beautifully and left Garoua with an important point.
“It was not easy to play in such a climate. I can say it was a balanced game because in the first half we created some scoring chances, while Cotonsport had many opportunities towards the end of the game. Physically the climate worked against us, but we stayed organised till the end. We came to look for the three points. We played an offensive system 4_2_3_1. We did not sit behind to play on counter attacks, but we pressed them and did not allow them to play,” Al Masry coach Moïne Chaâbani said after the game.
Cotonsport’s coach Souleymanou Aboubakar blames his sides youthfulness for their inability to convert the several chances created.
“We have a team made up of young players. When they reach in front of the goal post, they instead want to give a pass. It’s also more than two months that we have not played a competitive game, we could not do better than that,” Said Souleymanou Aboubakar.
In the other group C game, TP Mazembe of DR Congo, defeated AS Otoho one nil to go top of the group, thanks to a goal from Cameroonian international Emmanuel Njoh at the 37 minute.
Cotonsport will next play AS Otoho in match day two of Group C.
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