Mercure SA of Bafia have been crowned center regional Champions, following their 5#4 win over Foudre sportive of Akonolinga, on post Match penalties.
Mercure looked sharp in the opening quarter of the game, with several offensive moves which however yielded no fruits. Foudre Sportive grew into the game and got their first clear cut scoring opportunity at the 29 minute, when Patrick Ngono mbida swinged in a cross from the left flank, but Yves Donald Effa’s volley went narrowly over the cross bar.
Patrick Ngono will then switch to the right flank, and gave Mercure’s back four all sorts of troubles. Foudre should have taken the lead at the 35th minute, but Mercure had Loic Cedric Tesong to thank, as his sliding tackle thwarted away Foudre”s counter attack.
Mercure responded with a sharp move at the 38th minute, and Roussel Falang picked out Fabrice Angoula with a near perfect cross, but he could not direct his kick on target.
At the 51st minute of the game, Yves Donald Effa got the first booking, following a nasty challenge on Albert Franklin Mandakoa. Mercure’s Loic Cedric Tesong also got into the referee’s books at the 57 minute, for a similar reason.
Coach Abalentsena Sean Raphael proceeded with two substitutions, bringing in Jacob Dempino and Ibrahim Mpondo, in the place of Housseni Housseni and Loic Cedric Tesong respectively.
Play was temporarily put to a hold, after Goalkeeper Alex Ferry Dipanda of Foudre sportive, appeared to have picked up a knock, and was eventually substituted by Kenneth Mempong Ebouok.
The two sides worked tirelessly, but could not find the back of the net.
FOUDRE SPORTIVE 0#0 MERCURE.
Goalkeeper Etienne Makang saved two penalties, before scoring the winning penalty for Mercure SA.
FOUDRE SPORTIVE 4#5 MERCURE.
Mercure SA now becomes Champions of the center region, taking from where AS FAP left last term. Mercure SA bags home the sum of 1 million FCFA, and will represent the region at the national interpools, where they are Lodged in group C, alongside Étoile Filante of Garoua, and Foncha street FC of Bamenda.