By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports Writer, kick442.com Cameroon
After loosing to PWD of Bamenda on Wednesday November 6th, 2019 on match day 5 of the Cameroon elite One championship, the regional derby between Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda and PWD Social Club of Bamenda will be reignited this Sunday February 16th, 2020 when both clubs meet in a match day 22 cruncher. The match will take place at the Yong Francis Arena, Bamenda.
Yong Sports Academy, YOSA are coming into this encounter after failing to win a single match since the start of the second phase of the league. They have been held at home to a goalless draw by Coton Sport FC and Apejes of Mfou while loosing away to Stade Renard and Feutcheu FC. They have picked up just 2 points out of a possible 12.
Coach Nkabyo Martin of YOSA will definitely want to right the wrongs of the past 4 playing days. YOSA comes into this match after succumbing to a 4#2 spanking inflicted on them by Feutcheu FC on match day 21. YOSA is currently ranked 10th with 27 points.
For PWD of Bamenda, they have picked up 7 points out of a possible 12 since the start of the second phase of the championship. They have defeated AS Fortuna and UMS, while playing a one all tie with Panthere Sportive and loosing at home to Canon of Yaounde. They come into the match after a comfortable two nil victory away in Loum against UMS.
PWD is currently ranked second on the league table with 36 points, two behind current league leaders.
The experience of YOSA’s gaffer, Nkabyo Martin cannot be over emphasized. He will have to find the right formula against his opponent David Pagou.
Nkabyo Martin is noted for his 4_4_2 formation when it comes to home games as it has often paid off especially when Tongua Armel Emmanuel Regis and Tengemo Emmanuel are at the top of their game.
Coach Pagou David of PWD is now regarded as “Mister 3_5_2”. His 3_5_2 formation sees him condensing play at the middle of the park, giving them more pace when attacking from the flanks.
Victory for coach Pagou David will definitely add more pressure on coach Nkabyo Martin.
YOSA will likely miss the services of team captain Randy Ntume Kwalar. He has resumed training but is yet to fully recover.
Mundi Kagawa, Louis Dada Manjo, Etoga Oscar are also doubtful to feature for YOSA on Sunday but will benefit from the presence of Chofor Derrick who is back in training and is fit for Sunday’s match.
PWD of Bamenda on their part will miss the services of their top scorer Leon Boyomo who is on duty with the intermediate lions. Meanwhile Nyaba Brian will be back in the heart of the defense.
Nchindo John Bosco would miss the match. Njang Romeo who picked up an injury on Tuesday resumed training with the team while Louis Enjoinei Mbah, Ade Mienolf, and Neloh Kevin have all resumed training. Basile Yankam will equally miss the match after his red card against UMS.
Mael Dindjeke has been on fine form this season. The new darling of PWD in the absence of Leon Boyomo has been very performant. In all he has registered five goals these campaign and has the potentials to penetrate a well built defense.
New boys Franck Balla has started very well with two goals in his account after four games. Having scored against Fortuna at the YOSA center and UMS in the last game, he will be very confident going into this one.
In the YOSA camp, captain Manjo Louis Dada returns to the team and is expected to be the main man at the back. His defensive know-how and ability to gallop up front for decisive offensive actions maybe telling in this event.
Tongua Armel Emmanuel Regis of YOSA is on six goals this term and could be the star in this one.
The city will once again be divided for 90 minutes this Sunday when YOSA and PWD descends to the turf. It’s common knowledge that football lovers in the region supports both teams and will choose their side this weekend. One thing for sure is that victory is imperative for either side and the fans have to exercise the spirit of fair play at the blast of the final whistle.
Contrary to the first leg game with just one goal, this one is expected to produce more goals and spectacle. It is also expected to pull the biggest number of persons at the ground this season.
FIFA international referee, Ngwa Blaise Yuven has been handed the daunting task of officiating this encounter.
Referee: Ngwa Blaise
A1: Ekokobe Ernest
A2: Nkem Theophilus
4th: Mabu Bertrand
Inspector: Mezing Agar
General Coordinator: Asang Martin
Match Commissioner: Mbigha Njah Felix
Even the league management body recognizes the nature of the event, they have selected some of the best referees in the country to handle this one and the president of the Northwest Regional bureau of FECAFOOTas match Commissioner for this one.
The football loving population of the city of Bamenda will definitely fill the Yong Sports Academy Stadium this Sunday February 16 for this mouth watering encounter.
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