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Sports News of Monday, 14 January 2019


CAF Confed Cup: Coton Sport coach shocked by defeat to Kotoko

Coton Sport de Garoua coach Bertin Ebwelle has no idea how they lost to Asante Kotoko in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup in Cameroon.

The Cameroonian champions were stunned by the Porcupine Warriors in Yaounde after suffering a 3-2 loss to the Ghanaian giants.

Bertin Ebwelle surprised by the defeat pointed out his side missed key players Moise Sakava and Serge Seko.

"I can’t really tell what happened. We prepared well, we had all at our disposal but we knew the absence of our two players (Moise Sakava and Serge Seko) was going to serve a handicap. We facilitated things for our opponents and are condemned to an exploit in Kumasi. It’s possible but we need hard work and luck to move on," he said after the game.

The Garoua based club have an arduous task of over turning the results when they face Kotoko in Kumasi on Sunday.

Emmanuel Gyamfi put the visitors in front in the 8th minute by latching onto Abdul Fatawu Safiu's through pass to go one-on-one with the Coton Sport goalkeeper to slot into the middle of the net.

The goal came after Songne Yacouba and Abdul Fatawu Safiu had taken turns to miss from close range.

Maxwell Baakoh doubled the lead in the 30th minute with a cool finish into the left bottom corner after rounding up two markers.

Dauda Kamilo pulled one back for the hosts from the spot after Morrocan referee Samir Guezzaz's controversial penalty call to Maxwell Baakoh's tackle on an opposing player in the penalty box.

Fatawu Safiu restored the two-goal lead in the 50th minute by intercepting a pass from the Coton Sport goalkeeper to curl the ball into the far post before Guema Araina drew a consolation goal for the hosts in the 71st-minute with a half volley.