By Jacob Ajom
Guineaâ€™s foremost football club, Horoya Athletic Club de Conakry, on Sunday, won the 24th edition of the West Africa Football Union trophy, The Eyadema Cup, after beating Senegalâ€™s HLM de Dakar 2-1 in a thrilling final played at the national stadium, Lome, Togo.
The match which was attended by a mammoth crowd that included WAFU President, Dr. Amos Adamu, and other big wigs of the regional body lived up to its billing.
The Guineans who were urged on by their compatriots on the stands seized the initiative early in the match with excellent positional football and skillful displays that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats.
As early as the 7th minute, Soumary Naby Capi playing in the attack for the victors, gave an early warning when his rising volley from 25 yards sailed over the bar.
The Guineans maintained the pressure and the HLM defence soon gave in when Sylla Fode Moussa broke the deadlock with a clinical finish that made the defence of the Senegalese team look like non-starters.
Evidently under pressure, HLM players began making some unpardonable errors that exposed their weaknesses particularly in the midfield where their star player, Bidane Abdoulaye, was marked out.
Horoya increased their lead through Camara Aboubacar in the 45th minute to end the first half 2-0 in their favour.
In the second half, HLMÂ raised their game as the combination of Abdoulaye, Fall Fadel and Bakary Mbaye turned the heat on the more experienced Guineans. Bakary reduced the deficit when he struck in the 55th minute to bring scores to 2-1.
But Horoya were unlucky not to have sealed victory later as substitute Saar Hamadou Chikhâ€™s dangerous shot in the 65th minute hit the crossbar and bounced back to the field of play. A header by the same player in the dying minutes of the match again hit the crossbar to end the game at 2-1 in favour of Horoya.
Earlier, Liberty Professionals from Ghana had overwhelmed home side, Gomido 3-1 to win the third place match.