BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer Kick442.com, Cameroon.
PWD social club of Bamenda squandered a golden opportunity to go top of the Cameroon league one championship for the first time in over two decades, following a disappointing 3#3 home draw with struggling Eding sport of the Lekie. PWD took an early 3#0 lead before the half an hour mark, with goals from Ahudu Lukong, Nchindo John Bosco and Leon Boyomo, but lack of Concentration in the defense and some poor judgement from the goalkeeper, saw Eding sport pulling two goals back before the break, and eventually drew the game level in the second segment, when Bony Elame capitalized on another howler in PWD’s defense, after they failed to properly deal with Eding’s corner kick.
PWD is currently third on the league’s standings with 41 points, just one point behind join leaders, Cotonsport and Colombe, though the Abakwa Boys could have gone top of the league’s table, should they have won Eding, given that Colombe suffered a 0#3 defeat to FOVU, while cotonsport was a point behind PWD, before match day 25.
It is not the first time that individual errors, especially from the goalkeepers have costed PWD this season. Against cotonsport in Bamenda on match day 23, the Abakwa Boys were leading 1#0, and were on course to recording their first win over the cotonnites this decade, but a moment of madness saw PWD’s goalie turn a cotonsport’s free kick into his own net, as both sides shared the the spoils.
Such as been the case throughout the season, with similar incidents occuring against FOVU in Bafoussam, Panthere in Bafoussam and against cotonsport earlier this season, in Garoua.
Speaking after the recent calamitous display against Eding sport, PWD’s coach, David Pagou admitted that his sides greatest weakness this far, had been the goalkeepers.
“We have to find a good goalkeeper because if you want to be strong, you need to have a good goalkeeper. That is our weakness, so we to keep working”, said coach Pagou.
He continued “you see all those balls, the goalkeeper can stop them, but he was playing only on his right hand side, so it is the fault of all the team, but everybody has his role in the field. Against cotonsport we shouted about the goalkeeper, today again, it was the same thing. So our weakness maybe is the goalkeepers”.
PWD’s home form has been so disturbing, contrary to their displays out of home. Out of PWD’s 11 victories this season, seven have been out of home, with only four wins recorded on home soil. PWD will next play Dragon of Yaounde at home for match day 26, but coach David Pagou is worried of their near shambolic home displays.
“It’s three matches now that we have not won at home, I don’t know what’s wrong, so we will try to win because three home games without a win, it makes me asking lots of questions”.
PWD has use three goalkeepers in 25 league games this season. They started the league with Cedric Lionel Damlabeu, who played two games against Canon and UMS, and came in as a substitute against cotonsport in Garoua.
Rodrigue Zame has been the most active of PWD’s shot stoppers this season. He has played 21league games, keeping 10 clean sheets. The team has recently turned to goalkeeper Didemus, who kept a clean against TKC in Yaounde, but failed to impress against Eding sport.
It is still to be known if Coach David Pagou will make some shift in his Goalkeeping department ahead of Wednesday’s game against Dragon.
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