Ghana Premier League record champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko face what is expected to be a tight contest against Coton Sport de Garoua in the first leg of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Confederations Cup match away at the Stade Militaire in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The match fixed for Sunday, January 12 with the return fixture a week later at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, will be the final eliminator into the group stage of the competition.
Cotton Sport FC De Garoua Form and Team News
Coton Sport De Garoua are the reigning champions of the Cameroonian League having finished six points clear on top of the table.
The home team have won their last four matches at home in all competition, scoring 12 goals and conceding only two in the process.
The Cottoners dropped from the CAF Champions League after suffering a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Egyptian side Ismaily SC in the first round of the competition.
Before their elimination from the continent’s elite club competition, the 15 times Cameroonian champions had seen of opposition from ASFB Bobo Dioulasso of Djibouti in a 5-3 penalty shootout after drawing 4-4 on aggregate in preliminary stage of the competition.
Bertin Ebwelle Ndingue’s men are looking forward to making amends in the Confederations Cup after their elimination from the Champions league.
Captain Kamilou Daoud scored three goals in the Champions League but his dream of picking the golden boot in the competition was disappointingly cut short after his side failed to qualify to the next stage.
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The striker is still expected to lead the line on Sunday with the likes of Innocent Assana Nah and Sanda Oumarou providing support in midfield.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko Form and Team News
Kumasi Asante Kotoko on the other hand, beat Kariobanji Sharks of Kenya 2-1 on aggregate to qualify to this stage of the competition after getting walk over in the preliminary stage fixture due to a CAF decision to cancel the match after the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) failed to submit its representative before the deadline.
The multiple African champions are well focused to get to the group phase of the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time since 2008 having embarrassingly bowed to minnows, CARA Club of Congo and in previous attempts.
The new coach, Charles Kwablan Akunnor having spent less than four months with the side, guided the team to a narrow victory over Kariobanji Sharks at home to earn qualification thanks to goals from the captain Amos Frimpong and Martin Antwi.
Burkinabe striker, Sogne Yocouba is likely to lead the attack with the support of Emmanuel Gyamfi, Maxwell Barko and Kwame Bonsu as the away side sets of on a mission to frustrate the home team and get an advantage in the first leg.
Coach Akornor has been given a target to reach at least the group stage of the competition and with almost every component of his team available for selection, a positive result away could be just what he needs to deflate the intensifying pressure on him.
By Stephen Appiah, GNA