Horoya pick vital point at Djoliba to inch closer 

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Guinean outfit Horoya AC remained on course to qualify for the quarter finals of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2019/20 after picking a 0-0 draw away to Malian side Djoliba at the Stade 26 Mars in Bamako on Sunday night to remain top of Group B.

The draw takes Djoliba to eight points from four matches, sitting at the apex of the group with three points richer than Djoliba and Libya’s El Nasr who beat Bidvest Wits in Cairo. Horoya will assure themselves of a place in the knockout stage with just a win in one of their two remaining games.

The Guinean giants kept their run of clean sheets in the group stages, going for the fourth game without conceding a goal as the backline successfully mounted a complete shut-out against the Malian outfit.

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Horoya’s Congolese winger Herritier Makambo was exciting in the opening quarter hour of the game, working his way to good positions down on the left but the cutting edge to get a goal was lacking.

In the fourth minute, he did well to skip away from his markers before cutting back an inviting cross, but there was no one in the box to finish off. Two minutes later, he went on the same run but this time had a go at goal himself. However, his low shot missed the target by a whisker.

He was at it again in the ninth minute, finding some space on the left before floating in a decent cross, but Aristide Bance’s header was over.

Djoliba struggled to get their way upfront and create chances. But they had a go at goal eight minutes to the break when El Hadji Bah took a shot from distance, but his dinking effort flew wide off target.

They picked up the second half where they had left the first, piling pressure on the visitors and Barou Sanogo came close with another long range effort but it went wide with Horoya keeper Moussa Camara diving at full stretch.

Bah troubled Camara and forced him to a good save three minutes later when he danced his way on the right before unleashing a stinging shot that was kept out by the keeper.

On the counter, the home side was nearly punished when Enoch Atta Agyei flew off on his wheels but was appended by keeper Aboubacar Doumbia who raced off his line. From the resultant freekick, Amadou Djibo curled the effort wide.

With tired legs and the clock ticking, Horoya seemed content with the point while Djoliba’s efforts at breaching the visitors’ defense were futile. Horoya almost sneaked away with a victory but Morlaye Sylla’s stinging shot at the death was well saved by the keeper.

Over the next match day, the unbeaten Horoya will be at home against bottom side Bidvest while Djoliba will welcome Libya’s El Nasr in matches that will most likely decide the destiny of the group.