11 February 2018 06:42
Visiting Malagasy side Fosa Juniors picked up a vital away goal advantage against AFC Leopards after holding their Kenyan host to a 1-1 draw on Sunday in Kakamega.
Rado Mbolasoa Adrianinosy cancelled out Yusuf Mainge’s early goal as Fosa managed to hold on for a draw which they hope will earn them an edge over their opponents in the return leg.
Fosa head coach Bob Kootwijk was impressed with the result and says they will finish off the job in the reverse.
“I am very pleased with how we played today though I feel we should have won with the chances we got. We played very well especially in containing their long balls and for the second leg, we will be more dominant,” the Dutch tactician said after the game.
His opposite number Robert Matano was furious with his side, but warned Fosa not to count them out.
“We will win the second leg, I assure you. Today we played very badly and I feel we did not give 100 per cent. At least I know what to do in the return leg and also I know a bit about our opponents,” the experienced coach said.
Leopards had a great start to the game and it took them just three minutes to break the deadlock. Ghanaian forward Prince Arkoh distracted the Fosa keeper Ramaritany Mbeloarison as he attempted to go for a long cross from Mainge and the custodian failed to meet the ball, bouncing into the net.
It was the second effort at goal for ‘Ingwe’ after Henry Uche’s strike from inside the box was turned behind for a corner by Mbeloarison. However, the visitors did not panic even after going down early and it took them only 12 minutes to get back level.
A mistake at the back from skipper Duncan Otieno gifted Adrianinosy the ball inside the box, streaming into the box and firing an unstoppable shot past Leopards goalie Gabriel Andika.
The goal gave Fosa more confidence while Leopards seemed to fizzle off, the partisan crowd that had thronged the stadium stunned to silence.
On 39 minutes, the visitors had a brilliant opportunity when Jean Yves Razafindrakoto broke into the box from a through ball, one-on-one with Andika, but he could not beat the keeper as his effort at chipping the ball over went awry.
Coach Matano was forced into early substitutions, pulling out the ineffective Uche and Aziz Okaka replacing them with Collins Okoth and Baker Lukooya after 39 minutes.
The changes proved effective in the second half when Leopards were more comfortable in possession, but still they could not make something meaningful off their attacks.
On the hour mark, Lukooya came close for Leopards from a Duncan Otieno long pass, but he took a heavy first touch after breaking the offside trap, the ball rolling to the keeper’s arms.
In the 68th minute, substitute Ezekiel Odera found the ball at the edge of the box but his rasping shot was tipped over for a corner.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Fosa had a great chance when Dieudonne Henry’s free-kick from the right fell on Nambinna Ralairimanana at the far post who tapped the ball across the face of goal but Pierre Michael Tavina failed to direct it into goal a yard out.
Despite pressure in the final minutes, Fosa held on to pick the draw and the vital away goal.
Friday, 9 February 2018
Djoliba (Mali) vs ELWA United (Liberia)*
Onze Createurs (Mali) 1-1 CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Petro Atletico (Angola) 5-0 Masters Security (Malawi)
Young Buffaloes (Swaziland) 0-1 Cape Town City (South Africa)
Costa do Sol (Mozambique) 1-0 Jwaneng (Botswana)
Energie (Benin) 1-0 Hafia (Guinea)
Ngazi Sport (Comoros) 1-1 Port Louis (Mauritius)
Mangasport (Gabon) 0-1 Maniema Union (DR Congo)
Olympic Star (Burundi) 0-0 Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso)
New Stars (Cameroon) 2-1 Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea)
Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) 0-0 CS la Mancha (Congo)
Al Ittihad (Libya) 1-0 Sahel (Niger)
El Masry (Egypt) 4-0 Green Buffaloes (Zambia)
US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) vs Hilal Juba (South Sudan)**
Sunday, 11 February 2018
APR (Rwanda) 4-0 Anse Reunion (Seychelles)
Akwa United (Nigeria) 1-2 Hawks (Gambia)
Asante Kotoko (Ghana) 1-0 CARA (Congo)
AFC Leopards (Kenya) 1-1 FOSA Juniors (Madagascar)
Simba (Tanzania) 4-0 Gendarmerie (Djibouti)
RS Berkane (Morocco) vs Mbour Petite Cote (Senegal)
Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire) vs FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania)
Zimamoto (Zanzibar) 1-1 Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia)
*ELWA United withdrew
** US Ben Guerdane awarded a 3-0 win after Hilal Juba forfeited the match