Cotonsport of Garoua will host Asante Kotoko of Ghana at the military stadium in Yaounde this weekend as both teams begin a hunt for a single ticket for the group stage of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederations cup.
History has not forgotten the following facts about this two clubs in African club competitions.
Asante Kotoko vs Cotonsport facts.
Asante Kotoko have won 1 of their previous 5 games against Clubs from Cameroon.
Ghanian clubs(Hearts of Oak and Berekum Chelsea) have won two of the last 4 meetings against Cotonsport of Garoua.
1971(CAF cup Final)
Asante Kotoko 2-0 Canon
Canon 2-0 Asante Kotoko
Canon 1-0 Asante Kotoko
2003(CAFCC 8th Final)
Mount Cameroon 2-2 Asante Kotoko
Asante Kotoko 3-2 Mount Cameroon (AET)
In 2004(CAF CL)
Cotonsport 0-0 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 3-2 Cotonsport
In 2012( CAF CL)
Berekum Chelsea 0-0 Cotonsport
Cotonsport 1-2 Berekum Chelsea
The possible records
1)The game in Yaounde will be the first official meeting between these clubs in the CAF club competition.
2)A win for Cotonsport will be their first against a Ghanaian club after 5 attempts while a win for Kotoko will be their first on Cameroon soil in 4 attempts.
3)A goal for Kotoko in Yaounde will be their first away goal in the Confederations cup this season while a clean sheet for Cotonsport will be their first in the CAF club competition this season.
4)A goal for Kamilou Daouda will extend his scoring streak at the military stadium to 3 consecutive games.
5)A goalless draw will give Asante’s second clean sheet away from home.Remarkably,Kumasi is Asante’s slaughter house for Cameroonian clubs,on two previous occasions they have played host to Canon and Mount Cameroon FC,Asante have won scoring at least 2 goals.
Breif narrative of Kotoko’s last visit to the military stadium in 1971 extracted from the Barrister Ashutantang history book.
History has not forgotten that, on the 19 of December 1971, Asante Kotoko came to Cameroon to face Canon Yaounde at the same military stadium where they will face Cotonsport in the Confederations cup playoffs.
They lost 2 nil making the aggregate score 2 all after a 2 nil defeat earlier in Kumasi.A replay was programmed and in the replay Lea Francois scored for Canon before a Ghanaian player put the ball in the back of the net with his hand.The referee disallowed the goal and Kotoko fans invaded the pitch leading to violence which forced the game to end pre maturely.Football Historian,Barisster Ashuntantang TT told kick442.com that it was an unforgettable final The trophy was later handed captain Mve of Canon Yaounde and the then Vice president of Cameroon, Solomon Tandeng Muna.
Those where the best days of Ghanaian and Cameroon clubs in the continent,it remains to seen if Asante and Kotoko will bring back this lost joy to their country this season.