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14.11.2008 Cup of Nations

CAF Champions League FinalCoton Sport sure to end Ahly reign

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Cameroonian champions Coton Sport of Garoua are upbeat they can on Sunday overturn the two-goal lead achieved by Al Ahly of Egypt in the first leg final of this year's Caf Champions League.

Two first-half strikes by Wael Gomaa and Flavio Amado from the first leg final in Cairo on November 2 have given Ahly an advantage.

However, Coton Sport said they can erase this lead in the return leg at home, where they have not lost a continental game in years.

“Anything is possible in the return game. The 2-0 win by Ahly is not such a big margin. I won't say that we will score two, three goals but our target remains to win the Cup,” said Coton Sport coach Alain Ouombleon-Guedou.

“Our mission will be difficult but the charged atmosphere we expect at our home ground will certainly lift my players.

“It will be a great final which will be won by the best team.”

His optimism was shared by members of the squad at large.

“It will be a difficult game but the home team will always be favourites to win and in this case, that will be us,” added forward Ousmaila Baba.

However, Coton Sport, who are appearing in their first CAF Champions League final, will be without skipper Ahmadou Ngomna, who is suspended for the second leg final after he picked up a second booking in Cairo.

Ahead of Sunday's final, coach Ouombleon-Guedou rested most of his regulars in the 1-1 home draw with league leaders Tiko United at the weekend.