• Coton Sport have taken a significant step to reach the semi-final of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup after edging ASC Jaraaf of Senegal 1-0 in Garoua.
Lambert Ngueme Araina scored a dramatic late winner as Coton Sport of Garoua narrowly edged ASC Jaraaf 1-0 in the first leg quarter-final clash of the CAF Confederation Cup this Sunday in Garoua.
The 22-year-old striker brilliantly netted the lone goal from Hassana Mamoudou’s inviting cross from the right. The quality of the cross was so good that Araina needed only a light touch on the ball which then kissed the post before it nestled in the nets.
The victory was hard earned for the Elite one side, who despite numerical advantage were strangely in lack of creativity and accuracy upfront.
Coton Sport recovered from a slow start and showed great flashes of attacking intent in the first half. Hassana Mamoudou failed to finish off Arnaud Sibiri’s free-kick in the 6th minute when his header came off the woodwork.
The right back came close to make amends six minutes later but Jaraaf keeper Pape N’Diaye changed his run promptly to grab his menacing right cross which was heading straight on target.
The visitors managed to muster some attacking moments on their own. Pepe Abdou Ndiaye missed the chance to break the deadlock when he flicked wide a rare chance over Coton Sport keeper Narcisse Nlend.
There were many chances to win the game in the first half. Francis Tombi Alemi-who scored twice this week in the league was close to conclude the week on a brilliant note. But Jaraaf‘s defence was well organized and difficult to crack. Then Marou Souaibou headed straight at N’diaye who looked unlikely to concede.
More distress was inflicted on Jaraaf when Cheikh Kone was deservedly sent off after a silly foul. However, they managed to survive the late flurry of pressure from their rivals.
Coton Sport looked more threatening in the second half. They were almost rewarded in the opening stages of the second half but N’diaye produced a fantastic save to prevent Felix Oukine from scoring. Souaibou was unable to hit target from the follow-up strike.
Cheikh Gueye made three changes for Jaraaf before the hour mark. The Senegalese top tier side came out of their shells and struggled to break down their host.
Pape Abdou Ndiaye missed two key chances; his powerful header from Remi Bocande itch perfect cross went slightly off target. He also came close to punish Narcisse Nlend’s blunder but Etame Ngombe cleared the ball off the line with a great tackle.
Coton Sport responded with Thierry Tchuente’s header but N’diaye produced another world class save to prevent his team from conceding.
The host were far from their usual best. They were frequently torn apart by Jaraaf’s attacking fluency, until they found their breakthrough with Ngueme Araina’s sixth goal in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The victory implies Coton Sport needs just a goalless draw during the return leg next Sunday in Thies, Senegal.
The fifteen time Elite one champions are aiming to clinch their first continental crown after coming close in 2003 during the final of the CAF Confederation Cup and 2008 in the CAF Champions League.
First leg CAF CC Quarter-final
Coton Sport 1-0 ASC Jaraaf
Lambert Ngueme Araina 89’