Talk about a game, talk about culture, talk about the beauty of football in it’s entirety when these two meet. Astres of Douala will log horns with Unisport of Bafang on Sunday the 26th of May 2019 at the Liimbe Omnisport stadium, at exactly 4:00 p.m local time, and 2: p.m UTC (Universal time coordinated).
The stakes of the game cannot be overemphasized. Astres will look to regain second spot in the table after slipping down the perking order. When Astres was leapfrogged by Union of Douala in match day 2 of the playoffs, it meant they lost second place in the table and are now 3rd-for Astres to get back to the second seed they’ll need to beat Unisport by any margin. It is already clear that the men of Jules Nyongha are staring relegation in the face.They have the chance of gaining a mid-table place between 3rd and 4th or better still, moving within 5 points of safety; a win gives Unisport 4 points and just 5 points will be needed to hit the magic 9 points gap-making it impossible for them to go down. A loss for either side on the other hand will mean back-to-back defeats for them-and it is surely going to change the complexity of the relegation battle not for the better, but for the worst. Unisport can move up and over Astres with a win of any sort.
Head to Head
These two sides have played their part in the development of football in Cameroon. Astres have met with Unisport a whopping 24 times since 2008. The swing goes the way of Unisport; the Bafang based club have the advantage winning 9 times, while Astres have gone ahead to win one lesser than their opponents on the day:8 wins out of 24. 7 times the game has not been able to produce a winner.
Astres of Douala are 1 of two so far in the playoffs. The club’s report card in the last 5 reads;
Astres 0-1 USD
Astres 1-0 Fovu
Astres 0-1 Feutcheu
Yosa 0-0 Astres
Astres 1-1 Fortuna
Unisport of Bafang are yet to win a game in the relegation playoffs after a draw against PWD and a loss to USD in match day 2. In fact, Unisport are yet to win a game since they lastly did against Astres in match day 13 of the regular season. Their last 5 games report;
UMS Loum 1-1 Unisport
A.S Fortuna 2-1 Unisport
Eding Sport 0-0 Unisport
Unisport 0-0 PWD
Union 1-0 Unisport
Players to watch
Unisport have gone 180 minutes without scoring in the playoffs. Actually, the story wasn’t any different at the level of the regular season.Left back Cedric Hyede made the team of the week in match day two so he should be fired up for this one. Goal keeper Stephane Kameni has leaked in just one goal so far in two games, he needs to come up with some magic so his side can cement topflight status.
Astres of Douala can rely on the ever willing legs of Christian Dougoue to get on the end of chances, look out for the Jean Berteau and the Dougoue connection, it is known as the the B&D connection around this end-it is deadly reproductive.