By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, Cameroon.
The name Ayuk Eric Mbu is a name many Cameroonians who were at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium this Friday will find it very difficult to forget.He may not have scored but it’s not unfair to say he masterminded Cameroon’s Under 23 Lions 1 nil win over their Tunisian counterparts.
The little winger on the books of Turkish side Osmanlispor was a constant menace to Tunisia’s left back Houssem Dagdoug and the entire back line on duty for Tunisia.
His pace and penetrating ability was Cameroon’s favourite way in.Just within the first 30 minutes of the game, he won 4 of Cameroon’s 6 corners and was involved in the build up to Victor Mpindi’s 20th minutes goal as he started the run that produced the goal from the right flank.
Through out the afternoon, he swapped positions between him and Soni Kevin and kept on doing the same job of beating defenders nearly when he wanted.
In the 42nd minutes he came close to scoring but his shot went wide in an afternoon his finish could have been better.
He was slightly quiet in the early phase of the second half but in the 60th minutes he produced another of his trademark run beating Wadji Sahli for pace before putting in a cross that was cleared at the expense of a another “Mbu produced” corner.
He won his 6th corner of the game for his team in the 80th minute as he kept putting the Tunisian on their toes with his quick feets and menacing pace.
At full time any rational pundit could conclude that the little man in Jersey No:11 had a great day in the office as the former Under 20 International displayed what it means when they say a player is progressing.
In all it was a satisfactory performance over 90 minutes for the former Lycee Bilingue of Yaounde student though a goal could have been the icing on the cake.
Speaking post match Mbu told this online portal that: “It was a great game,we didn’t stay back, we were compact, we played to instructions. I don’t leave the pitch with any regret. We just stay focused and keep working hard for the second leg game in Tunisia”
The 22 year old scored twice and was unarguably Cameroon’s “man of the match” in the the first round of the qualifiers against Chad in Yaounde.He may have not scored on this faithful September 6th 2019 but his efficiency in attacking and defensive on the day can’t be ignored with ease.
Mbu and 20 of his mates guided by the staff of the Cameroon team left the country on Friday evening ahead of the second leg game in Tunisia on Tuesday in Rades.
Speaking about the game in Tunisia, Mbu said his team needs to forget the first leg advantage, stay focused and compact to seal the result.
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