By AFESEH APONG
sports writer, Cameroon.
Yong sports Academy of Bamenda will host Panthere sportive of Nde in a day 11 game of the Cameroon league one championship, scheduled for the YOSA center at 3pm this Wednesday December 04, 2019.
Coach Nkabyo Martin and his boys will be seeking redemption from their recent near decimal performances. But the redemption process will not be a bed of roses for the “yellow submarines” of Bamenda, as they will have to brave all the odds against a solid Panthere side.
YOSA has won just three out of 10 games this season, with two draws and five defeats. For the past four seasons, YOSA has always featured amongst the teams with the best defense in the league. But the departure of kingpins like Adu Wum Elvis, Yves Alain Dooh Moukoko, Ngong Lionel and Fonou Cyril, has created a vacuum that may take long to be filled. surprisingly YOSA have conceded 15 goals in just 10 games, already beating the record of number of goals they conceded in the whole of last season. (Last season YOSA conceded just eight goals in 16 league games, scoring nine in that process).
The Bamenda boys have also equalled the number of league goals the scored last season ( nine goals), in six games short, but they have however failed to rise to bigger challenges this season. And Panthere seems to be just one of those big challenges awaiting them.
Come to think of it, Panthere has the best defense in the league, with only one goal conceded in nine matches played, though the Nzui Mantos also have the worst attack, with only three goals scored, though the three goals and their excellent defense has harvested them three more points than YOSA, and in one match fewer than YOSA. Son of the soil, Goalkeeper Fru Anye Derrick of Panthere, returns to his home town Bamenda, haven kept eight clean sheets in nine games and only Avion Academy has succeeded in breaking the solid back four of Kounte, Ngomo, Echabe and Mbalam.
There has been much expectations from YOSA’s forwards, Tongua Armel and Tegemo Emmanuel, but they are still to get off the mark. Abanke Eric seems to be the most reliable amongst YOSA’s forwards, but Coach Nkaby Martins rotatory policy has left question marks on whether he is still to settle on his best XI and best formation, in 10 playing days. Take for example, he has used about four different left backs in 10 games, Petit Fils Djamen, Akum Leslie, Nana Sidoine and most recently Bahaza. Same to for the goalkeeping compartment where Fuh Blaise and Tanon Stephane have both had their own share of the blame, for a Leakey defense.
HEAD TO HEAD
On paper, YOSA are favourites, in past records are anything to go by. Panthere has failed to beat YOSA in their last five meetings, with YOSA winning three and drawing two. The two sides last met in 2016, before Panthere was relegated to the inferior division.
28 August 2016, Panthere 0#1 YOSA
04 May 2016, YOSA 2#1 Panthere
12 August 2015, YOSA 0#0 Panthere
03 May 2015, Panthere 1#1 YOSA
17 August 2014, YOSA 1#0 Panthere.
YOSA is just fresh from a disappointing 3#1 defeat from Colombe, and will need to quickly banish memories of that painful episode, in the minds of their supporters. The home crowd will certainly be vital for the home side, and it might be a jam parked YOSA center, given that the YOSA VS Panthere clash comes immediately after the pitting one of the most supported clubs, PWD of Bamenda, against Union Sportive of Douala.
Coach Nkabyo Martin will have to play his jokers well, and the fans are anxiously waiting to see if captain Randy Ntume and the likes of Mondi Kagawa, will return to squad after missing their last game.
Panthere has one of the best technical staff in the country at the moment, with two experienced trainers, Charles Kamdem and Augustine Tchoupo.
There is no room for errors in this game especially for YOSA, as coach Nkabyo Martin is already under enormous pressure from the supporters, who have expressed their dissatisfaction with their team’s recent performances.
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