Apejes of Mfou and Cotonsport of Garoua will clash for the third time this season, when they meet on Sunday in day two of the playoffs in the Cameroon League one championship. The two sides were both in group A of the championship during the first phase of the championship. Cotonsport’s new gaffer, Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso will also be making his debut in the dugouts for the 15 time league winners, following his official release by his former club, Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda.
Cotonsport won their opening game of the playoffs thanks to a strike from Arnaud Sibiri, and a win against Apejes will be a giant step for the cotonites, as they haunt their 16th league title.
For Apejes, it will be a do or die game. The team shared the spoils against a resilient Stade Renard and anything short of win against Cotonsport, will dampen Apejes hope of winning their first ever league one title.
HEAD TO HEAD
As mentioned earlier, it will be the third time that the two sides are meeting this season. In their first game this season played at the Yaounde Omnisport stadium, the two sides separated 1#1. Gueme Araina came from the bench scored for Cotonsport, while Ngondi Ngondi equalized for Apejes. Then in the return game in Garoua on the last day of the first phase, Cotonsport won 3#0 in Garoua. Sundays game will be the 13th meeting between the two sides in the Cameroon league one. In their last 12 meetings, Cotonsport has won six, with three wins for Apejes and three draws. Their first ever top tier encounter was on March 13, 2014, when Apejes won 1#0. Then Cotonsport won the return leg on October 10, 2014 2#1. Apejes has recorded two wins in Garoua.
Cotonsport has recorded nine wins in 17 games, five draws and three defeats. They boast the best attack with 31 goals scored, and 11 conceded.
Apejes is on six wins, six draws, five defeats, in their last 17 games, scoring 17 goals and 15 conceded.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
21 year old Burkinabe Forward, Arnuad Sanou Sibiri is in good form. He has netted six goals in his last five games for cotonsport, with the latest being in their 1#0 win over Feutcheu on day one of the playoffs.
Thierry Tchuente has quickly settled in cotonsports midfield and will play a vital role for the cotonites.
Also, Daouda Kamiou will be looking for his 11th league goal of the season, when they face Apejes on Sunday.
On the side of Apejes, they can count on the excellent defending of Abel Makani and Ulrich Yampili, coupled with the experience of Joel Emmanuel Kofana and Robert Tamatieu. Coach Omarou Sokba can also rely on the pace of youngster Kekoh Clauvis and Ngondi Ngondi.