By Ekema Njoku .M.
Cameroon’s representatives in the play-off round for the CAF Confederations Cup played their first leg, Sunday, January 13. Both sides in the Cameroon Professional League gave their all, but were humbled by their opponents, Asante Kotoko of Ghana and Gor Mahia of Kenya.
Coton sport of Garoua, 2018 league champions of Cameroon, played host to Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko in an encounter that saw the Cottoners fail before their home fans 2-3 at the military Stadium in Yaoundé. 10 minutes into the game Coton were behind by a goal from Emmanuel Gyamfi, 20 minutes later Maxwell doubled the lead for the visitors, four minutes to the first half break, Daouda Kamilou transformed a penalty giving hope to the Cameroonian side.
The Ghanaian side remained determined to get victory as Abdul Fatawu Safiu scored a third for his side putting Coton behind by two goals. Gueme Araina cancelled one for Garoua boys, but this made no difference as Kotoko had three goals in their pockets putting the Ghanaian side in a better position before the return leg built up for January 20, in Kumasi Ghana.
New stars FC left Cameroon for Nairobi, Kenya, January 11. Gor Mahia welcomed the Cameroonian side at the Moi International Centre Nairobi, Kenya. Lawrence Juma opened scores for the Kenyan outfit five minutes to the end of the first half. Benjamin Bechem levelled for New Stars at minute 72. Unfortunately, three minutes from full-time New Stars were stunned by Jacques Tuyisenge. The return leg to know who will progress in the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup will be played at the Ngeme Omnisports Stadium in Limbe on January 20.
Despite the defeat of both Cameroonian sides, fans and sympathizers of the clubs are still optimistic that their sides will move to the next stage of the competition. There is going to be a swap on January 20, while New Stars will be welcoming Gor Mahia of Kenya in Limbe, Coton Sport will jet out to face Asante Kotoko in Kumasi, Ghana