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Coton Sport to face defending champions RS Berkane in CAF Confederation Cup group Stage

• The Cameroon League one giants who reached the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time since the 2013/2014 season face RS Berkane, JS Kabylie, and NAPSA Stars in group B of the African Inter-club competition. 

By Beng Emmanuel

Cameroon League one giants Coton Sport of Garoua will face holders RS Berkane, Algeria’s Jeunesse Sportive (JS) de Kabylie  and the National Pension Scheme Authority Stars Football Club (NAPSA Stars) of Zambia in group B of the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup. The pairings were known after the draws took place in Cairo, Egypt on Monday February 22, 2021.  

The Fifteen (15) time top tier champions beat Niger’s AS Sonidep 2-0 on aggregate to mark their comeback to the African Elite club competition for the first time since the 2013/2014 season. 

Coton Sport will face JS Kabylie in their group B opener on March 10th and will entertain Morocco’s heavyweight RS Berkane in their second encounter seven days later in Garoua. They will wrap-up the first leg against NAPSA Stars in early April.  The return leg matches will run throughout the same month with the group stage returnees scheduled to play two home games and just a single away.  

After successfully breaking the spell which hindered their comeback, the Garoua base outfit are aiming to go beyond the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup and become the fifth Cameroonian club after Canon of Yaounde, Oryx of Douala, TKC of Yaounde and Union of Douala, to clinch a continental trophy. 

Their best performance was in 2003 when they finished runner-up of the CAF cup. They were also finalist of the CAF Champions League in 2008.   They have dominated football in Cameroon winning the first division championship fifteen (15) times with six cup trophies. However Coton Sport is yet to translate their domestic dominance at the continental scene. 

Programme: 

 Day one-JS Kabylie vs Coton Sport (10th March 2021)

 Day two-Coton Sport vs RS Berkane (17th March 2021)

 Day three-NAPSA Stars vs Coton Sport (Between  April 2-4,2021)

 Day four-Coton Sport vs NAPSA Stars (Between April 9-11,2021)

 Day five-Coton Sport vs JS Kabylie (April 21st, 2021)

 Day six-RS Berkane vs Coton Sport (April 28th, 2021) 

Complete Group Pairings

Group A 

1. Eyimba FC (Nigeria)

2. ES Setifienne (Algeria)

3. Orlando Pirates (South Africa)

4. Ahli Benghazi (Libya)

Group B 

1. RS Berkane (Morocco)

2. JS Kabylie (Algeria)

3. Coton Sport (Cameroon)

4. NAPSA Stars (Zambia)

Group C

1. Etoile Sportive du Sahel/Young Buffaloes

2. CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

3. Salitas FC (Burkina Faso)

4. ASC Jaraaf (Senegal)

Group D

1. Raja CA (Morocco)

2. Pyramids (Egypt)

3. Nkana FC (Zambia)

4. Namungo FC/ Premeiro de Agosto

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