By Beng Emmanuel
Cameroon giants Coton Sport are through to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup for the second successive season after a deserved 2-0 win against FC Nouadhibou in the return leg of the second additional preliminary round of the African Elite inter-club competition.
Marou Souaibou scored a first half brace within seven minutes to help the record Elite one champions grab a vital win at the Douala Reunification Stadium on Sunday.
Coton Sport needed a win in order to progress to the next round after both teams had settled for a goalless stalemate during the first leg in Nouakchott.
It was a comfortable game for the host that looked to be the better side in the entire make or die encounter. They could have easily taken an early lead but attempts by players were either not well taken or saved by the keeper who was frequently brought into action.
But the Cotonites continued to apply pressure and their dominance was rewarded when Marou Souaibou turned in Tombi Alemni’s cross at the 21minutes of play. Souaibou went further to seal the much needed win by converting from the penalty spot after Alemi was brought down in the box six minutes later.
FC Nouadhibou pressed during the second half but were unable to get an equalizer. Likewise Coton Sport who were dominant for long periods late on unfortunately were unable to kill the game and rather felt comfortable protecting their lead.
Coton Sport joins a list of other African clubs including TP Mazembe, Simba SC, AS Otoho, ASEC Mimosas, and US Gendarmerie qualified for the group stages. There are other slots up for grasp. 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four clubs each during the next round of the CAF Competition.
Last season, Coton Sport reached the last four of the CAF Confederation Cup. They lost to JS Kabylie in the semi-final.
Coton Sport 2-0 FC FC Nouadhibou
Marou Souaibou 21’ 27’