By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Dragon of Yaoundé failed to improve on their underwhelming league position as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Avion of Nkam this Sunday at the Yaoundé Military Stadium.
Dragon’s coach Francois Ngoumou was looking for a second consecutive win after their 1-2 win against AS Fortuna last time out while Avion were also out for a second straight win after their 1-0 win over Fovu in match-day 11, but the lack of clear cut chances and poor game management from Dragon cost them the win.
The opening 45 minutes were quiet with Dragon having two half chances that fell to Adolf Enow Nkembe.
His 40th minute free-kick at the edge of the box for a handball from Mboumi Anicet was easily gathered by goalkeeper Gabriel Nzong of Avion and his 45th minute shot in the box after stylishly bringing down a long free-kick went wide.
In the second half, Avion brought in their leading goal scorer Georges Mfegue in the place of Essome Njangue, and he almost made immediate impact.
Raphael Ondigui and Leonard Acha combined nicely and Acha put in a fine ball across goal but Mfegue missed by a few inches to connect.
Avion looked the better side in the opening minutes of the second half. They could have opened the scoring at the 58th minute, after Ondigui again played a neat one-two with Kooh Bioumla, and Etienne Kevin Makembe brought down Bioumla for a well placed free-kick, but Temb Merlin’s tamed effort failed to trouble goalkeeper Amido Mohamed.
Coach Francois Ngoumou had introduced Jean Otele at the 54th minute to take the place of Junior Essegho and it proofed to be a good call.
Otele got the curtain raiser of the game at the 63rd minute after combining beautifully with Brice Leger Kammem. His curler could not be stopped by the fully stretched Gabriel Nzong.
Dragon then opted for time wasting antics which will prove to be costly.
Avion got their equalizer at the 80th minute when some hesitant defending from Dragon led to a flicked header from Ondigui which Kooh bounced on and played over the onrushing goalkeeper Amido Mohammed.
Coach Nganbe David’s charges almost grabbed the winner when substitute Ginola Tchoyi provided a low cross into the box but Kevin Makembe beat Mfegue with pace and showed determination to make a timely clearance.
The draw moves Avion to 19 points while Dragon moves to 18 points. Avion will be pipped off their second position by Tonnerre of Yaoundé who now have 20 points after their 1-0 win over Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda.
Dragon of Yaoundé will play away against struggling Eding Sports of Lekie while Avion travels to Bamenda to face PWD of Bamenda.
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