Coton Sport and New Stars Fixed on CAF CC Opponents

Contonsport of Garoua

The two surviving Cameroonian clubs on the continental scene, Coton Sport of Garoua and New Stars of Douala will next January challenge Ashanti Kotoko of Ghana and Gor Mahia of Kenya respectively for a place in the group stages of the CAF Total Confederations Cup (CC).

Coton Sport that dropped from the African Champions League 16th Finals will welcome legendary Ghanian outfit, Ashanti Kotoko in Yaounde on January 11 before the return leg in Kumassi a week after. Ashanti Kotoko had received a bye from the preliminary round when Cameroon failed to field a second club to confront the Ghanian in the competition due to the late entry (Eding sport winner of the cup of Cameroon was known days after Cameroon was supposed to have enter a team)

Due to that Ashanti had to play only two matches before reaching this level. They beat Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya 2-1 on aggregate. Meanwhile Coton Sport comes into the match as one of the 15 teams that dropped from the penultimate round to the prestigious group stages of the Champions league. The Contonites lost to Ismaily of Egypt by 3-2 on aggregate. They now have an opportunity to redeem their campaign if they can cross this level into the group phase.

Cotinental minnows News Starts continue to impress after they succeeded to overcome Ahly Tripoli on the away goal rule and  Vital’o of Burundi 4-1 on aggregate.  But their next opponent is no easy pushover. Gor Mahia like Coton Sport, crashed out from the champions league. The Kenyan had eliminated Big Bullets through penalty shot-out before losing out to Lobi Stars of Nigeria thanks to the away goal rule.

Cameroon stands a slim chance of having two teams in the Group stages of the CC if both teams surmount their next obstacle. Cameroon’s chances of qualifying more teams is greatly reduced due to the late start (yet to start)  of the league back home and the non-entry of Eding Sport because the finals of the Cup of Cameroon was played after the CAF deadline for national associations to enter teams.

Complete draw

Gor Mahia (KEN) v New Star (CMR)
Al Ahly Benghazi (LBA) v NA Hussein Dey (ALG)
Al Hilal (SUD) v Mukura Victory (RWA)
Nkana (ZAM) v FC San Pedro (CIV)
Coton Sport (CMR) v Asante Kotoko (GHA)
Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Kaizer Chiefs (RSA)
Stade Malien (MLI) v Petro Atletico (ANG)
Raja Casablanca (MAR, holders) v African Stars (NAM)
Renaissance Berkane (MAR) v ASC Jaraaf (SEN)
CS Sfaxien (TUN) v Vipers SC (UGA)
Zamalek (EGY) v Ittihad Tanger (MAR)
Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA) v AS Otoho (CGO)
Bantu (LES) v Enugu Rangers (NGR) 
Al Nasr (LBA) v Salitas (BUR)
Jimma Aba Jifar (ETH) v Hassania Agadir (MAR)

by Abongwa Fozo

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