Cameroon’s Coton Sport consolidated their grip on 2020-21 Total CAF Confederation Cup Group B top spot, thrashing Zambia’s NAPSA Stars 5-1 in Garoua on Sunday afternoon, while Zambia’s other representative Nkana revived their Group D qualification hopes, completing the double over Tanzania’s Namungo 1-0 in Ndola.
Coton Sport raised their tally to 9 points on top of Group B, four more than closest rivals Algeria’s JS Kabylie and five more than holders RS Berkane of Morocco, while NAPSA Stars remain bottom with a lone point.
In Group D, Nkana moved to six points, same as Egypt’s Pyramids and three less than leaders Raja of Morocco, while Namungo became the first side to be eliminated as they remained pointless after their fourth successive defeat.
In Garoua, Coton Sport were totally dominant, scoring twice in the first half and adding three more after the break to go top in grand style.
The hosts dominated the opening half, having 10 shots (7 on target) compared to none form NAPSA Stars. Their domination paid off after 21 minutes when Lambert Gueme Araina opened the scoring, making use of Richard Ebongue assist.
Soon it was 2-0 for the hosts. Araina turned from scorer to provider when his pass found Souaibou Marou who made no mistake to score past Rabson Muchelenganga in goal for the visitors ten minutes from the break. Both sides went to halftime with Coton Sport leading 2-0 and on their way to consolidate their group top spot.
After the break, it was the same story as Coton Sport continued their domination. It became 3-0 twenty minutes from full time, when Marou himself turned from scorer to assistant, finding Sibiri Sabou who scored the hosts third of the night.
Another substitute, Ferdel Dzo made it 4-0 three minutes from time, with third substitute, Francis Tombi Alemi adding the fifth in added time as Marou made his second assist of the night, capping a “Man of the Match” performance.
And just before the final whistle, Doisy Soko scored a consolation goal for NAPSA Stars.
Algeria’s JS Kabylie hosts holders RS Berkane of Morocco later in Tizi Ouzou in Group B other game of the day.
Meanwhile in Ndola, Nkana had their second victory over Namungo in seven days, as the Tanzanian debutants became the first side to get eliminated from the group stage.
Having won the reverse fixture 1-0 away in Dar es Salaam last weekend, Nkana started the game searching for another win that could see them revive their qualification hopes, before hosting Egypt’s Pyramids in the upcoming match day.
But the first half was a story of rare chances, as Obedy Masumbuko and Diamond Chikwekwe led the hosts’ attacks, while Namungo depended on counter-attack sending their lone forward Stephen Sey behind the hosts’ defense.
After a goalless opening half, Nkana continued to press after the break searching for te opener. They finally had it after 71 minutes, when Harrison Chisala found substitute Freddy Tshimenga who scored past goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana to give the hosts a deserved lead.
Namungo tried to snatch a late equalizer but in vain as they sent with two games to spare.
Later on Sunday, Egypt’s Pyramids hosts Group D leaders Raja of Morocco in Cairo.