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National Cup 3rd Round: ASEC took to the road for the third round of the National Cup to take on Yopugon FC. Ojabu opened the scoring on a header in the 26th minute, which he later doubled when in the 70th minute. Dindane has to believe that they should have won by much more, having taken 26 shots, and controlling 67% of possession against this lower division squad.
Yopougon FC 0 – 2 ASECGoals: Ojabu (26, 70) -- MOTM: Ojabu (8.8)
Game 12: On this warm November night, ASEC Abidjan found themselves taking on the last place team in visiting FC Hire. It took 12 minutes for Bamba to open the scoring on a great cross from Koffie. Under 10 minutes later it was Babatunde who found the back of the net to double the lead. This was followed by Bamba once again at the half-hour mark. Right-back Mahan Goua did brilliantly to make it 4-0 in the 62nd, completing a dominant hour. FC Hire was able to bring one goal back, but it was nowhere near enough.
ASEC 4 – 1 FC HireGoals: Bamba (12, 26), Babatunde (21), Goua (62), Drogba (73) -- MOTM: Bamba (9.2)
Game 13: A 21st minute own goal by Sewe keeper Hamed Kouassi was definitely not the start the opposition dreamed of, but ASEC would be glad to catch a break. 10 minutes later it was Nabi Kone who buried a rebound to make it 2-0. ASEC’s luck took a dramatic turn for the worse when Ojabu is added to the injury list and had to be subbed off late in the first half. Quickly after the 2nd half kickoff it was Babatunde who put a pen into the back of the net, 3-0. Sewe managed to get a goal in garbage time to make the final score 3-1. Dindane will surely be anxiously awaiting news on his star forward following this match.
Sewe 1 – 3 ASECGoals: Kouassi (OG 21), Kone (31), Babatunde (Pen 48), Sidibe (90) -- MOTM: Mouen (8.5)
Star striker Omoh Ojabu will be out 5-6 months with a torn calf muscle. This will come as devastating news as he has been on top form and leads the team in scoring. Dindane will likely have a hard time replacing such a great finisher.
Game 14: It was time to see who would step up in the absence of Ojabu, as a home match with Denguele was next on the docket. Coincidentally, 7 minutes in it was Michel Mvondo drilling home a shot on his return from injury. The game was then scoreless until the hour mark when Mouen had a headed effort beat the opposing keeper.
ASEC 2 – 0 DengueleGoals: Mvondo (7), Mouen (60) -- MOTM: Raphael Dje Bi Tah (8.1)
Game 15: This massive rivalry fixture put two teams on top form against each other in Abidjan. The first half was largely uneventful with both teams have a couple chances until the 41st minute and soon after in the 43rd when Africa Sports managed two quick goals. This was a tough break before the half that would end up being the difference. ASEC tried pushing forward but could not manage to find the back of the net. Dindane will have a hard time getting over that loss after Africa Sports ended up scoring on their only two shots on target. Perhaps a healthy squad could have made the difference in this one.
ASEC 0 – 2 Africa SportsGoals: Eze (41), Gbokoua (43) -- MOTM: Mark Sekyere (7.8)
Game 16: ASEC came into this match with a heavily injured squad and a couple of suspended players, hoping to rebound from last game. In the 24th it was 20 year old Ivorian striker Bougouhi who opened the scoring, quickly followed by Roger Assale 10 minutes later. The pressure mounted with Bougouhi scoring again only 4 minutes after that. JCA got one back just before the half to make it 3-1 going to the locker room. In the 55th Boly scored to make it 3-2, causing some tension for the home fans hoping we could hold on. Emeka Opara came on in the 70th minute and quickly doubled the lead to seal the victory. This was a very entertaining home game and these fans will leave pleased.
ASEC 4 – 2 JCAGoals: Bougouhi (24, 38), Assale (34), Diallo (44), Boly (55), Opara (77) -- MOTM: Roger Assale (9.1)
November was a very busy month for the team, but despite numerous injuries, suspensions and fatigue we managed to put together a very impressive month. Hopefully once we regain full health we will be able to catch the top two squads. The board has to be pleased with how the team is playing; the very entertaining style has netted 42 league goals in only 16 games.
Player of the Month: Raphael Dje Bi Tah has impressed Dindane with his play this month, and especially with his ability to stay healthy through an injury filled month. He averaged a 7.5 rating over 6 games, with 2 assists.