By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The 2pm kick-off at the Roumde Adja Stadium this Sunday afternoon pitting leaders Cotonsport of Garoua against NASPA Stars FC of Lusaka produced the expected spectacle.
The Cotonites scored five times for the first time in the competition this season, winning by 5-1 to a second best NASPA Stars FC side.
Goals from Lambert Ngueme Araina, Marou Souaibou, Felix Oukine, Ebandza Zo Archange and Francis Joel Tombi for Cotonsport had just a Cissoko reply for NASPA Stars FC.
The first real chance of the game fell to 2012 AFCON winner Emmanuel Mayuka in the 6th minute but poor coordination saw the ball rule out for a goal kick taken by goalkeeper Narcisse Nlend Junior of Cotonsport.
Felix Oukine, skipper Cotonsport in the absence of sick Kamilou Daouda had a deflected ball fall kindly to him in the 9th minute but his long range effort was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper.
Marou Souaibou found space in the NASPA Stars FC box in the 17th minute of the game but a timely intervention from goalkeeper Ransom M.
Lambert Ngueme Areina and Richard Ebongue Fabrice combined in the edge of the NASPA Stars box and the former unleashed a wicked left-footed drive that left goalkeeper Ransom rooted to the spot and put Cotonsport ahead 21 minutes in.
The goal was the fifth in the competition this season for 22-year old former Sahel Maroua forward.
The goal gave Cotonsport the freedom to move around the ball at their pace.
There was a 24th minute penalty call for the host after a cross from Mamadou Hassana was seemingly stopped with a hand.
Felix Oukine was brandished a yellow card for his troubles.
A great chance fell to the hero of match-day three Abdouraman Daman in the 28th minute as a deflected ball from Arnaud Sibiri put him clear with the keeper but unfortunately the former placed the ball over the crossbar.
Former Southampton and Sochaux forward Emmanuel Mayuka was replaced by Jimmy Mokeya as coach Mohamed Fathi looked to find fresh output upfront.
Just a minute after that Araina connected with Arnaud Sanou Sibiri but the Burkina Faso forward’s effort was pushed out by goalkeeper Ransom at the expense of a corner that was comfortably dealt with.
35 minutes into the encounter, Lambert Ngueme Araina connected with Marou Souaibou on the edge of the box and the 22-year old who missed the game in Lusaka made it two-nil for the host.
Austin Banda and mates were having a tough time at the back.
Etta Bawak tested the gloves of goalkeeper Ransom again in the 43rd minute but yet again the brilliant keeper pulled a save.
In a game seemingly being played in the NASPA Stars half had another chance for Cotonsport in the 45th minute but his timid effort was saved.
When Kenyan referee Peter Waweru blasted his whistle for the half-time break, it was 2-0 in favour Cotonsport who had 62% of the possession in the first 45 minutes.
Cotonsport come back for the second segment with the same momentum of the first segment as Etta Bawak fired a long range shot which was deflected off for a corner.
A fine 50th minute cross from Hassana Mamadou met Marou Souaibou on the edge of the box but his great effort on target met an equal spectacular save from goalkeeper Ransom.
Richard Ebongue was booked for leaving a high boot on an opponent in the 54th minute in the NASPA Stars half.
Dany Silavwe came on as the second substitute for NASPA Stars FC in the 55th minute.
Richard Ebongue who assisted the first goal was replaced in the 60th minute by Opimbat Jean Rosis.
Barely two minutes after his introduction, Cotonsport won a dangerous free-kick which he took and forced a great save out off goalkeeper Ransom.
Araina had another chance but hesitancy from the forward gave away the chance as Banda toe poke the ball off the grasp of the forward.
NASPA Stars forced a save from Narcisse Nlend Junior when Banda followed-up a ball that hit the post but his effort was saved by Narcisse Nlend Junior.
Cotonsport reacted with a chance of their own in the 70th minute when Bawak started a forward move, connecting with Arnaud Sanou Sibiri who found Araina and the latter returned the ball to Sibiri who dribbled past two defenders before beating the keeper.
At 3-0, Cotonsport was cruising with their three forwards already on the scoresheet, NASPA Stars FC looked certainly out of it.
It became a goalkeeping show from the visitors Ransom as the Cotonites multiplied attempts on target almost with every forward move.
The Cotonites introduced Francis Joel Tombi and Ebandza Zo Archange adding fresh legs in the forward role with 15 minutes left.
The visiting side had a chance of their own in the 76th minute but the high ball into the box was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Narcisse Nlend.
A good chance in the final quarter fell to substitute Ebandza Zo in the 82nd minute but his close range effort was saved by goalkeeper Ransom.
A similar effort was missed from close range from Marou Souaibou in the 85th minute but Cotonsport wasn’t done with it.
Congolese forward Ebandza Zo Archange scored the fourth for the host in the 88th minutes before fellow substitute Francis Joel Tombi made it 5-0 in the 90th minute.
The final three minutes of additional time of game had a chance for NASPA Stars FC and Soko scored a consolatory goal to make it 5-1 in favor of Cotonsport.
The latest win extends Cotonsport’s winning run at home to three games and puts them at the top of Group B with 9 points from four games.
Group rivals JS Kabylie and RS Berkane clash later tonight in their match-day four commitment in Alger.
Cotonsport of Garoua host JS Kabylie next weekend in Garoua for their match-day five fixture.
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