Cotonsport of Garoua has suffered a 0#1 defeat to Algerian side, Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie, in their first group game in the CAF Confederation cup.
The cotonites only arrived Algeria on match day, after facing huge traveling difficulties, due Covid-19 restrictions in the North African country, where all commercial flights have been grounded.
Coach Aboubakar Souleymanou and his boys withstand early pressure from JS Kabylie, coached by former cotonsport coach, Denis Lavagne.
Goalkeeper Narcisse Junior Nlend pulled out a series of saves, with Étamé François, Etta Bawak, Hassana, Abbo, Opimbat Jean and Ebongue Richard staying solid at the back.
A goalless score separated both sides at half time.
JS Kabylie multiplied onslaughts after the pause, but on several occasions denied by the Vigilant Narcisse Junior Nlend.
Cotonsport was reduced to 10 men at the 73rd minute, when U20 lions defender, Ali Goni received his second booking of the game. Coach Aboubakar Souleymanou reacted by bringing in Hervé Ngomo in the place of Opimbat Jean, as cotonsport tried to tighten things at the back.
Unfortunately for the cotonites, a poorly cleared corner kick at the 89th minute of the game met an unmarked Souyad, who fired pass goalkeeper Narcisse Junior Nlend for the first time, to put the home side in front.
A spirited fight from the cotonites under tough conditions, won the admiration of many.
Cotonsport was without experienced forward Daouda Kamilou and defender Banga Bidjeme, who missed the game due to accumulated bookings.
Aboubakar Souleymanou and his boys will now return to Garoua immediately, where they’re expected to play YOSA in a league game on Saturday, before facing RS Berkane next week in their second group game. RS Berkane defeated NAPSA stars 2#0, in the other group game.