Yong Sports Academy were on the travel in match day 8, of the 2018/19 campaign of the Elite 1.
YOSA was on the back of 2 defeats and a draw in their last 3 encounters, really not impressive for a club that got the services of some of the finest in the land.
Getting into the game, the pressure was weighing more on Sango Emmanuel Bosso, to get his win over his former employers, in other words “bite the finger that once fed him”.
For Les Astres of Douala, it was more of getting anything from the game after they managed to leapfrog A.S Fortuna 1-0 in match day 7.
The first 5 minutes went the way of the ‘Brazilians of Bepanda’, with the mid-field driving force, Siloh Michel constantly breaking up play from the middle of the park and distributing passes to the likes of Abenia Messina, and Christian Deugoue who constantly asked questions of that YOSA back four.
YOSA began growing in the game as time went by, much to the delight of about 40 fans who made the journey to support their darling club. The skipper on the day for YOSA, Randy Njume at the 18 minute saw the goal keeper off his line and went for as cheeky drop that saw goal keeper Jordan Mbaynaisseh back peddling to no avail.
After Randy’s opener, YOSA took control of the game and showed high level of fighting Spirit, some were punished as center referee, Aliou Sidi booked Bouba Yindui for one of his dangerous tackles.
Brandon Moukete reminded the fans on what they have been missing, with his delightful link up plays, and his shot that was directed off target in the 30 minute of play.
Close to the end of the first half, captain Randy Kwalar tried his luck just on the edge of the “D”, but Astres had bodies on the line that deflected the ball off target, before right back Samuel Aristide, in the 40 minute had his effort parried away by an uncomfortable goalkeeper Mbaynaissem.
Coming back for the second segment, Astres seemed more motivated and impressive. The deputy coach of Astres, Fotso Roger instilled in his players confidence, as Abenia Messina and Christian Deugoue were looking a handful to deal with.
Coach Sango Emmanuel realizing the stakes and in an attempt to avoid a red, brought out Bouba Yindui in favour of Ojodjibaye, Brandon Moukete left his place to Erick Toko Toko, and Victory Bamoki saw his number come up the substitution board in favour of Ashu Tambe.
Everything was set and poised for YOSA to get their first away win, since they did so in match day 1 but a burst of pace from second half substitute, Jose Turbo who went past 2 tackles that intended to floor him, made the YOSA defense to be in all sorts of trouble and a shot delivered by Joel Marius was intentionally handled by Lovette Asongwe.
Asongwe saw red, and the penalty was converted by Joel Marius at the 82 minute of play.
Astres tried to add another goal to carry all three points, but Coach Emmanuel Bosso and his men succeeded to go through the rest of the 8 minutes plus 4 other minutes of added time without conceding.
Club captain for the day, Randy Njume spoke to kick442.com about his goal ” there is nothing much to talk about the goal, it is what we worked with the coach, and I thank God for the goal,it came and we have been practicing it”.
When asked about how he felt after the draw, the mid-field maestro lamented “for me a player of YOSA, I do not like the draw because it’s been long we won a match, and we thought this one was ours because we were leading. We never knew God had a different way”. “We are playing at home next game and we would try our best to take the 3 points at home. The fans should not be discouraged, we would make it up to them”.
YOSA moves up to 9 points after 8 match days while Astres continue good run of form with 11 points.
YOSA will face leaders Stade Renard on Thursday in Bamenda.