By Emmanuel Beng
Coton Sport of Garoua have advance to the next round of the CAF Champions League as they edged l’Association Sportive des Fonctionnaires de Bobo Dioulasso, Of Burkina Faso 5-3 during post match penalty shoot outs at the Military stadium in Yaoundé yesterday.
The match ended 3-1 in favour of the Garoua based club after regular playing time. The score was however not enough to secure a spot for them following their 3-1 defeat during the first leg match.
Coton Sport had made their intentions of going through as early as the 3rd minute with the Burkinabe’s goal keeper restless. Daouda Kamilou scored a brace during the first period of play at the 21st and 45th minute. The Burkinabe representative bounced back in the later part of the game with Hien sani scoring the much needed away goal at the 72nd minute after a defensive error from Coton Sport of Garoua. But Francis Ebembe Elimbe’s late goal at the 81st minute gave the home side team hopes of sailing through to the next round.
Both teams after finishing 4-4 on aggregate were therefore condemned to penalty shootouts which saw Togolese international and Coton sport shot stopper Sabirou Bassa Njeri save Outtara Blakiss penalty while Ngweni Ndasi scored the last penalty for Coton Sport of Garoua to make it 5-3.
The 2008 CAF champions runner-ups are set to face Zamalek of Egypt in the next round.
Coton Sport was founded in 1986 and were promoted to Cameroon’s first division championship in 1992. Since then, they have dominated local football winning eleven league titles in the process.