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Pierre Kaptene

Some statistics speak for themselves. This is certainly true of Coton Sport, based in Garoua, northern Cameroon. Run by Pierre Kaptene, they recently won their fifth straight championship title, leaving top clubs Tonnerre and Canon Yaounde yet again in their wake. By the end of last season, the club coached by Frenchman Denis Lavagne had suffered only three defeats. As well as being the team of the moment, Coton Sport have also left an indelible mark on the last decade in Cameroon. Originally founded by Cameroon association president Mohamed lya, the club have been crowned champions a total of eight times since their 1996-97 campaign and have captured the league and cup double on two occasions – in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Their greatest achievement so far was when they reached the final of the CAF Cup in 2003, only to lose out to Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca.