By Jacob Ajom,Â Lome
Guinean club, Horoya FC of Guinea, defied the massive home support for their opponents, Gomido Football club of Togo, to qualify for the final of the 24th Eyadema Cup at the Municipal Stadium here in Lome.
The Guineans won the keenly contested encounter 2-1 to silence the vociferous home crowd that came out in their thousands to support their darling team.
The victors opened scoring in the early minutes of the first half through Soumah Aly Badara. But it was not for long before the Gomido boys equalised through Zakari Morou who scrambled the ball in after a goalmouth melee.
Horoya restored their lead through the generosity of the Gomido goalkeeper whose carelessness gave Gomde Mohamed, the Horoya attacker, the space to volley in what turned out to be the winner in the 40th minute of the exciting encounter. The first half ended with the Guineans leading 2-1.
The second half witnessed a Gomido side that was in a hurry but the Guineans stood their ground as they thwarted all the attacks launched at them by the home side.
It was a match that the Guineans won through experience and tactical discipline especially the defence that repelled all attacks from the heavily supported Togolese side.
Meanwhile, Ghanaâ€™s Liberty Professionals failed to qualify for the final after falling 1-4 on penalties to HLM of Senegal in the opening match despite parading two members of the FIFA U-20 World Cup winning side.
The Ghanaians took the lead in the 27th minute through Kofi Owusu to end the first half 1-0 in their favour.
In the second half, the Senegalese team raised their game after the coach of HLM, Boucoumta Cisse introduced Badiane Abdoulaye who dazzled and shone like a million stars in the midfield.
He distributed balls with ease and reorganised the attack. His introduction soon paid off when he combined well with Mbaye Mabousso to conjour the equaliser. A free kick by the Senegalese was parried into the net by the Ghanaian keeper for the Senegalese equaliser.
The match ended 1-1 at full time.
The resultant penalty saw the Ghanaians missing three kicks while the Horoya team converted their three kicks to qualify for the final.
Liberty Professionals will now clash with Gomido of Togo in the losersâ€™ final while Horoya of Guinea will clash with HLM of Senegal for the coveted Eyadema trophy on Sunday.