Coton Sport, ASEC to group stage, historic feat for USGN and Enyimba wins

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Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire giants Coton Sport and ASEC Mimosas reached the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup group stage, as Niger’s US Gendarmerie Nationale rewrote history by being the second ever side from Niger and the first since 2010 to reach the mini league stage of a CAF competition.

Meanwhile Nigeria’s Enyimba achieved home win over Libya’s Al Ittihad, with the first leg being rescheduled to a date confirmed later.

In Luanda, ASEC Mimosas came to Angola leading 3-1 over GD Interclube from the home leg. They eased their nerves as early as the second minute when Serge Poku put them ahead to throw more pressure on the hosts.

Mano Luis restored parity for Interclube just three minutes later to give the hosts some hope. But all hopes were shattered when Kamir Konate (18) and Stephane Aziz Ki (34) made it 3-1 for ASEC before the break, as the Ivorians looked sure of their qualification.

Mano completed his brace with a second consolation goal for the hosts after 62 minutes, but without stopping ASEc from celebrating an aggregate 5-2 win.

Meanwhile in Douala, Souaibou Marou double was all that Coton Sport needed to defeat Mauritanian visitors FC Noaudhibou 2-0 to qualify on the same aggregate score.

Marou broke the deadlock after 22 minutes and doubled his side’s lead seven minutes later from the spot, as Coton reached the group stage of the competition they were semifinalists last season.

USGN Niger

In Kinshasa, DC Motema Pembe needed to overturn their away 2-0 defeat last weekend in Niger. But they found it tough against a resolute USGN defense that kept them at bay till the Congolese scored the game’s lone goal 6 minutes from time.

US Gendarmerie Nationale 2-1 aggregate win means they are the second ever side from Niger to reach the group stage, after ASFAN who played the same stage of the Confederation Cup in 2010.

Enyimba

Meanwhile in Aba, Enyimba had the best of the home advantage, beating Libyan visitors Al Ittihad 2-0.

Sadiq Abubakar opened the scoring for The People’s Elephant after 21 minutes, with Victor Mbaoma doubling the lead at the 34th minute.

Al Ittihad ended the game with ten men after seeing one of their players sent off deep into the second half injury time. The return leg date will be confirmed later.