Ghanaian champions Berekum Chelsea have set up a clash with their Cameroonian counterparts Coton Sport Garoua in the final qualifying round for this year’s Orange CAF Champions League (CCL).
This follows their 5 – 3 aggregate win over Raja Casablanca of Morocco at the second round stage of the competition.
Chelsea lost last Sunday’s 2nd leg fixture away to Raja 0 – 3, but advances to the next round thanks to the 5 – 0 first leg victory they posted over the Moroccan giants when they visited Berekum.
After holding out for a scoreless first half, the Ghanaians were out played in the second session and conceded three unanswered goals as Raja went at lengths in an attempt to overturn the first leg result.
Goals by Oulhaj, Hassan Tair and Yassine Salhi were not enough to hand the Moroccans passage to the next round of the competition to stand in with a chance of qualifying to the group phase.
Chelsea will now look to be one of the eight teams that would compete in the mini league of the competition by edging out Coton Sport over two legs.
The first leg encounter would be played at the Golden City Park at Berekum where the Ghanaians would seek to post a commanding result ahead of the 2nd leg to be hosted by the Cameroonians.
Chelsea is Ghana’s sole representative in African club competition this year after FA Cup winners Nania FC withdrew from the CAF Confederation Cup at the last minute citing financial reasons.
A huge mantle is on them to make the most of this opportunity by qualifying to the group phase of the competition and putting up a strong display in the mini league series to place Ghana on a peddle that could see the country win back the four places it lost in competitions at this level following some poor outings by its clubs over the last five years.
The winner of the CCL would represent the continent at the FIFA World Club Championships where competing teams will come from all five continents.