Otoho strike late to down Masry in Brazzaville
Roland Okouri scored with three minutes of regulation time left as AS Otoho d’Oyo beat Egypt’s Al Masry 1-0 to move to second in Group C of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup.
Otoho who drew 1-1 against Cotonsport last weekend picked up their maiden group stage win to move to four points, two behind leaders TP Mazembe who earlier on had beaten the Cameroonians 1-0 in Lubumbashi.
The home side had a huge chunk of the chances in either half and were more determined to walk away with the three points.
They had an early chance but Moise saw his freekick beautifully tipped over for a corner by Masry keeper Ahmed Massoud. Minutes later, he tried his luck with a long range effort that dragged inches wide off target.
Malian midfielder Mamadou Cisse also had a chance but his header after being set up by Souleymane Sakande came off the side netting. Towards the break, burly forward Kader Bidimbou forced the keeper to a good save with a close range header off a corner.
Masry had the lion’s share of possession in the entire half, but couldn’t convert the amount of time they had on the ball to chances in goal.
In the second half, the home side kept their chase and Bidimbou had a superb opportunity to break the deadlock when a cross from the right found him unmarked inside the box, but his effort was wide.
Masry almost punished them for that missed chance when Mohamed Grendo delivered a freekick into the box but Amr Marei’s slight touch took it against the crossbar. Yassr Hamed picked the rebound, but he also saw his effort blocked by the keeper.
Otoho kept their offensive shape and they were rewarded in the 87th minute when Okouri slid in a diving header beyond the keeper, rushing to meet a cross from Faria Ondongo.
They managed to guard the slim lead and pick victory at home.
The result saw Masry drop to third in the group with four points as well.