Algerian side JS Kabilye earned the first leg advantage after coming from a goal down to beat Coton Sport 2-1 in Garoua in the semi-final of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday evening.
The home side had gone ahead through Lambert Gueme Araina, but Kabilye fought back to level through Ahmed Kerroum at the stroke of halftime. An own goal from Pierre Etame in the second half handed the Algerian visitors the victory.
Coton got into the lead in the 28th minute when Araina powered home a header from the edge of the six yard box after rising highest to connect to a Sibiri Sanou delivery off a freekick.
The visitors thought they had made a response 10 minutes later when Malik Raiah touched the ball away from the keeper off Mohamed Benchaira’s pass, but the goal was ruled out by VAR for offside.
But Kabilye finally found their equalizer at the stroke of halftime when Kerroum tapped the ball home after the Coton keeper came out to collect Juba Oukaci’s cross but failed to pick out the ball.
In the second half, Kabilye continued to dominate their visitors and in the 62nd minute they went 2-1 up when Etame turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to cut out keeper Rida Bensayah’s sliding pass inside the box.
In the 70th minute, Coton thought they had gone back into the lead when Souaibou Marou touched the ball away from the keeper off a cross, but the JSK defense cleared it off the line with the Coton striker thinking the ball had gone in.
JSK should have scored more with the chances they had. Benchaira had a shot well saved by the keeper while late on, Bencherifa’s curling freekick came off against the upright.