• 🇨🇲Coton Sport’s return to the group stage of the African elite interclub competition was ruined by JS 🇩🇿Kabylie, despite a spirited fight in Algeria on Wednesday night.
By Beng Emmanuel
Cameroon League one outfit Coton Sport of Garoua narrowly lost to JS Kabylie 0-1 in their group B opening fixture of the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup at the Stade 1er Novembre 1954 in Algeria on Wednesday night.
The fifteen (15) time League one champions-who made their comeback to the group phase of the competition after a seven (7) year absence, were almost certain of a deserving draw, until Badreddine Souyad 88th winner from a poorly cleared corner-kick by the Cotonites defence.
JS Kabylie struggled to unlock Coton Sport defence on several occasions, and regularly forced their keeper Narcisse Nlend in action. The 29-year-old shoot-stopper produced a string of fantastic saves to keep his team in the tie despite the early flurry of pressure exerted by the North African’s.
Mohammed Zakaria thought he had put JS Kabylie in front at the 43rd minute from his left footed strike coming in from Rezki Hamroune attempted volley, but Nlend stretched out wide to keep it out from a one handed save.
Coton Sport returned from the break more determined and mustered some attacking moments on their own, but were less accurate to overturn the narrative of the game. Sanou Sibiri’s sent a nice cross from the right but it was never properly exploited to hit target.
Four minutes after coming so close to opening the scoring, JS Kabylie responded with a swift offensive attack. Nlend had failed to keep out the initial attempt while Rezki Hamroune headed over the woodwork from the rebound and failed to put his side ahead.
Things got more complicated for Coton Sport of Garoua when their centre back Goni Ali was sent off at the 73rd minute after a second booking. The Garoua based outfit managed to cope with the host pressing and intensity, with Nlend very crucial to keep incoming threats at bay.
But JS Kabylie never gave up the fight. Barely three minutes to stoppage time, Badreddine Souyad gave the Algerian top tier outfit the breakthrough from a fine low finish at the far edge of the post. The 25-year-old full back that was left unmark in Coton Sport’s area, first controlled the ball from Mohammed Zakaria pass, before he drove in a strike from his right foot to secure JS Kabylie their first victory after a tightly contested game.
Coton Sport of Garoua are expected to return to Cameroon in the hours ahead of the League one game against Yong Sport Academy of Bamenda on Sunday. They will face defending champions RS Berkane in their second outing at the CAF Confederation Cup on March 17th in Garoua.
JS Kabyile took a moment to honor Albert Ebosse in their CAFCC game against Coton Sports. The club’s fans allegedly threw an object that killed the Cameroonian striker as players left the pitch after a 2-1 defeat to USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou in 2014.
JS Kabylie 1-0 Coton Sport
Badreddine Souyad 88’
CAF Confederation Cup-Match day one
Ground B Standing
1. RS Berkane-3pts
2. JS Kabylie-3pts
3. Coton Sport-0pts
4. NAPSA Stars-0pts
Complete CAF Confederation Cup results
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• ES Setif 0-0 Orlando Pirates
• RS Berkane 2-0 NAPSA Stars
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• Etoile Sportive du Sahel 2-0 ASC Jaraaf de Dakar
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