By Basil Afoni
Two of Cameroonian top clubs involved in the Orange CAF Champions League, Panthere Of Nde and Cosmos of Bafia both suffered defeats in the hands of their opponents.
Panthere of Nde that are still to register a single victory this year under coach Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso, was beaten at home by visiting Rayon Sports of Rwanda 0-1 at the Douala Reunification stadium. The match was the first leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.
Speaking after the game, Ndoumbe Bosso blames the lack of realism by his players: “We played clumsily and with precipitation. We had goal chances and opportunities, but failed to finish with a goal,” laments Ndoumbe Bosso.
For his part, the coach Rayon Sports, Sosthenes Habimana was aware of having won a battle and not the way as they are yet to play the return leg: “The game is not finished yet. We will prepare accordingly, “reassures before he adds:” We will do everything to score goals at home. We know they will do everything to score. If we stay in our camp, it could cost us penalty kicks. It will not matter to play defensively. Panthere is a good team and it can make the difference at any time. Sosthène Habimana admits.
Meanwhile, playing away in Uganda, Cosmos of Bafia was beaten by Kampala City Council (KCC) after a late goal from Herman Wasswa at the 87th minute to sink the guys from Bafia.
Cosmos of Bafia had resisted pressure from their host after their lead striker Patrick Nai was red carded in the 55th minute for two bookable offenses.
The visitors were frustrated by the host goalkeeper Yasin Mugabi who made two brilliant one-on-one stops in the first to deny Cosmos of Bafia the lead.
After the defeat, Cosmos of Bafia coach Libiih drew positives from their display and is certain they will do enough to beat KCC in a fortnight and progress.
“We were unlucky with the red card and in the first half,” Libiih told supersport.com, adding, “We created many chances, especially in the first half, but we couldn’t put them away.
“We then lost concentration and conceded that late goal. But the fact that we managed to hold the opponents for 80 minutes when we were 10 men is encouraging.
“I’m sure it will be a different ball game in Cameroon. We shall get the necessary result and progress.”.
This was the first outing at the continental level for Cosmos of Bafia and they will be looking to impress at home when the two sides meet in Cameroon on the weekend of March 6-8 2015.
Cosmos and Panthere will need a two-goal margin victory to automatically progress.