Djibouti’s Remarkable Achievement: Arta Solar Advances to TotalEnergies Confed Cup Second Round

Djibouti's Remarkable Achievement: Arta Solar Advances To Totalenergies Confed Cup Second Round

CAF Online
Sunday August 27, 2023

Arta Solar, a football club from Djibouti, has created history as the first team from their country to advance to the second round of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup. They achieved this feat by defeating Somalia’s Horseed SC with an aggregate score of 6-0.

In an impressive display, Arta Solar won both the first leg and the return fixture by a margin of 3-0. The team, making their debut in the competition, showcased their dominance at Tanzania’s Azam Complex Stadium. Ghanaian striker Gabriel Dadzie scored two goals while Ayman Hussien contributed an own goal to secure the comprehensive victory.

This accomplishment marks a significant milestone for Djibouti, as no club from the country has ever progressed beyond the first round. It is a testament to the heavy investment made by Club President Tommy Tayoro, allowing local players to develop alongside international stars.

However, Arta Solar now faces a formidable challenge as they prepare to take on Egyptian giants Zamalek in the second round. Zamalek, a seasoned team with a wealth of experience, won the Confederation Cup in 2018 and finished as runners-up two years later.

The first leg of the eagerly awaited clash will be hosted by Arta Solar on September 15, while the second leg will be played in Egypt on September 29. It promises to be an enthralling battle between the seasoned Zamalek side and the debutants, Arta Solar.

Throughout their remarkable journey, Arta Solar has adopted the motto “In the end, Arta Solar wins.” However, defeating the five-time African champions Zamalek to reach the group stage would be their most significant achievement yet.

Even reaching this stage is a historic breakthrough for Djiboutian football. It showcases the remarkable progress of Arta Solar under the leadership of President Tayoro. With their upcoming match against Zamalek, Arta Solar has the potential to continue their inspiring run.

As they prepare for their toughest test, the players and fans of Arta Solar will enjoy this historic moment for Djibouti.

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