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Coton Sport CAF CC semi-final first leg moved from Garoua to Yaounde

• The title hopefuls face Algeria’s JS Kabylie in the first leg of the inter-club competition on June 20.

By Beng Emmanuel

Coton Sport’s first leg CAF Confederation Cup semi-final encounter against JS Kabylie has been moved from Garoua to Yaounde, a statement from the Cameroon Football Federation has confirmed.

The announcement also confirms that the decision was taken with the consent of both clubs.

The game was initially set to take place in Garoua but the unavailability of the Video Assistant referee (VAR) at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, which is required by CAF foiled such plans. More so, officials of the club failed to get positive feedback from CAF with regards to staging the game in Garoua.

This comes after the plan to install the VAR equipment in Garoua failed to go through. There has also been firm disapprovals from their rivals JS Kabylie that insist on a change prompting CAF to modify the venue.

“The Cameroon Football Federation informs the general public that the first leg semi-final match of the CAF Confederation Cup between Coton Sport and JS Kabylie will take place on Sunday June 20, at the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium in Yaounde-a release from the Communication unit of Fecafoot read.

Coton sport have played all their matches of the preliminary and group stages of the CAF confederation Cup in Garoua. It will be the first time they will be playing in Yaounde. However, the Cameroon FA has made plans to ensure an effective “mobilization” to help the country’s lone flag bearers secure a win in the first leg despite playing away from familiar grounds.

“FECAFOOT will be working together with Coton Sport of Garoua to ensure the mobilization of the entire nation for massive support during the semi-final game of the inter-club competition where a Cameroonian club has not participated for several years” GinaInforms gathered.

JS Kabylie face Coton Sport for the third time in this season’s CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday June 20 during the first leg of the competition. The North Africans completed a double over the 15 time League one champions during the group phase, winning both home and away.

The return leg is slated for June 27 in Algiers.

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