Coton Sport produced a formidable performance to overwhelm Dynamos and march into the final of the CAF Champions League 2008. A 4-0 home win in Garoua was more than enough for the provincial team, who only reached the group phase of the competition for the first time this year, to eliminate the Zimbabweans.
A 5-0 aggregate win made Coton Sport the first Cameroonian team in almost three decades to reach the final of the Champions League. Now they will face a perennial contender, Al Ahly of Egypt, who are also seeking to break new ground.
In edging past Enyimba of Nigeria, the Cairo giants are now the first side since TP Englebert in 1970 to play in four successive Champions League finals. If they win the two-legged encounter next month, they will stretch their record number of triumphs to six.
But Coton Sport showed why they will not be taken lightly on Sunday, when they treated their home fans to arguably the finest moment in their 21-year history. Sebastien Kana Ndzana, Zoua Daogari, Kamilou Daouda and Baba Ousmaila were all on target at the Stade Roumde Adjia - the former after just 30 seconds - and only the reflexes of visiting goalkeeper Willard Manyatera prevented the hosts taking a greater lead in at the interval.
However, substitute Daogari finally breached the defence again in the 50th minute following a jinking run, and Daouda added another in the 65th minute with a powerful shot. A final blow came from Ousmailia 14 minutes from time to ensure a convincing win. "I think we lost to a better side today. We also made too many mistakes at the back today and our overall concentration was poor," Dynamos coach David Mandigora said afterwards.
Flavio does enough
Flavio's first-half header proved the difference between Al Ahly and Enyimba, who between them have won four of the last five Champions League titles, in 180 minutes of football. The Nigerian club set out a defensive stall in Saturday's second leg in Cairo, presumably seeking to hit on the counter-attack. But this never happened, and they handed their hosts complete first-half control.
Al Ahly were not all that ambitious, though, with Angolan international Flavio their lone striker, but Mohamed Aboutrika and Mohamed Barakat were quick to join up with the attack when needed. The only goal arrived when Flavio rose unmarked at the near post to head home Gilberto's corner in the 26th minute.
Enyimba looked much stronger after half-time but, for once, the goalscoring touch of Stephen Worgu was absent. The Champions League's top scorer this year failed to add to his tally of 13, despite some good opportunities.
Al Ahly host Coton Sport in the first leg of the final on either 1 or 2 November, and the return leg will take place in Cameroon a week later.