By Eyong Macdella
Victoria United have qualified to represent the Southwest Region in the MTN Elite 2 d championship in Cameroon after beating NGV of the West region 2-1 to sail through.
After eight years of wait, the Region has finally gotten an Elite team. Dynamic who last represented the region at the Elite level, dropped in 2016.
Ashu Cerezo gave Victoria United the lead just two minutes into the game, taking advantage of the goalkeeper Thubeau Emmanuel’s blunder to smartly strike to the back of the net.
Victoria United had another opportunity to widen the gap through Desire Kanou, who has so far scored counts in a single match in this competition. The player came one on one with opponent goalkeeper wanting to take advantage of a long cross from the back but the goalkeeper reached the ball before Desire could get to it.
Equally, Cedrick Christian failed to covert two first half free kicks to goal, sending all two balls to go out wide.
The boys from the west region struggled to mount pressure on Victoria United in the last minutes of the first half but all efforts from their attack lack were in vain, suffering a block from a resilient defense compartment of captain Etchu Perry and his co-defenders.
After spending some time to orchestrate play from the back and dominating the other half of the green turf, Victoria United kept the lead until the first 45 minutes of play.
Just one minute into the second segment, Joseph Jeanot Kotto was brought down in the edge of the box but only a free kick was awarded in favour of Victoria United.
Desire Kanou took the kick just very close to the 18m box of NGV but the cross was poorly taken.
Right from the center circle, Mbuh Paul decided to try a long kick hoping for a goal and to the suprise of the defense line of NGV, it hit the bar and danced around the mouth of the goalpost, Desire came right on time to swiftly outsmart goalkeeper Emmanuel and scored the second goal.
That masterpiece and class orchestrated by Mbuh Paul, earned Victoria United a second goal and 2-0 lead in just 52minutes.
This brings Kanou’s goal tally in the competition to five goals after he scored a quadruple in Matchday one against Ajax of Maroua.
Victoria United’s midfield compartment is no doubt what won them the game. Mbuh Paul and Cedrick Christian were arguably exceptional at the midfield. It should be noted that Paul has been the captain of the club this season until the last three games played.
Hoping to change the face of the game, Two substitutions for NGV after they were two goals down.
Prolific striker, Wilfred Nana took advantage of a back past ball at the 36th minute to pull one back for NGV, scoring his sixth goal of the Competition and stands as the highest goal scorer so far.
The goal tally will only be contested in the upcoming second semi final game pitting Aigle Royal of Nkongsamba and Hilltop Strikers of Bamenda, since Maurice Biboum of Aigle has so far scored four goals.
At long last glory days has been restored in the Southwest region, and Victoria United is to be thanked for the restoration, after loosing just one game in the competition and came out second place in the competition.
The game ended 2-1 in their favour and this automatically takes them to the second division championship, since making an appearance in 2004 at the Elite level.
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