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By AFESEH APONG

sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.

 


PWD of Bamenda continued their scintillating start of the season, with an emphatic 3#0 home win over Avion Academy of Nkam.

The Abakwa boys were in their free scoring mode, as Boyomo Leon continued his fine form. But what caught the attention of many, was PWD’s defensive works. The BBB combination (Boung, Buri and Brain), has fitted well in coach David Pagou’s back three formation, but the increasing confidence of goalkeeper Rodrigue Zame within the sticks, has been a major plus for the Abakwa Boys.

The 25_year_old former TKC, Njalla Quan and Eding sport’s safe hands had a nightmarish start to the season, as he watched from the bench in PWD’s win against Canon in YaoundĂ© and in a bitter defeat in Bamenda against UMS of Loum, as the coaches preferred Cedric Lionel Damlabeau over Zame. The patient goalie was handed his PWD’s debut in the regional derby against YOSA. Though PWD won the game, Zame was repeatedly criticized by a cross section of the fans. Then his disastrous first 30 minutes in Garoua against Cotonsport, where in conceded three goals in half an hour, added more salt to injury.

Just when many thought it was time for him to be dropped, the coaches showed great confidence in him, and Rodrigue Zame is gradually growing into the game, as days go by. He was decisive in PWD’s win over Feutcheu in Bafoussam, and made some fine saves against Union in Bamenda. He was again at the top of his game in his side’s latest win over Avion, with a superb last minute save to deny Avion a consolation.

In fact Rodrigue Zame has now kept six consecutive clean sheets in the league, (against Fortuna, Bamboutos, Union, Feutcheu, Panthere and Avion) and is just one clean sheet short of equalling the record of seven clean sheets kept by Panthere’s goalkeeper Fru Anye Derrick at the start of the season (Anye Derrick kept seven consecutive clean sheets, against APEJES, Cotonsport, TKC, Bamboutos, Union, Dragon and Stade Renard, before Avion broke the record on match day eight).

Fru Anye Derrick speaking to kick442.com after Panthere’s 1#0 win over APEJES

Should Zame keep another clean sheet in Yaoundé on Wednesday against Colombe, he will join Anye Derrick in that league of their own. Generally, Rodrigue Zame has played 11 games for PWD this season, and has kept a total of seven clean sheets (7/11). Only Anye Derrick with nine clean sheets in 13 games, has a better clean sheet ratio than Zame.

The assured defense line with Boung Joel Ondoa, Burinyuy Derrick, Ngwang Brain and Njang Romeo, has made things easier for Zame, as he enjoys a scintillating first season with the Abakwa boys. The goalie defended the colours of legendary Tonnerre Kalara Club last season, but swapped them for PWD, during the last transfer window.

 


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