Colombe Dja Starting against New Stars in the first game of the 2018/2019 season (kick442.com images)

 

Dragon sportive of yaounde will be hoping to consolidate their place as one of the playoff candidates in Pool A of the championship, when they go head to head with Colombe sportive of the Dja and Lobo on Saturday, at the annex one of the yaounde Omnisport stadium.

THE STAKES

Dragon is one of the three teams at the top of pool A with 19 points, and knows very well that a win against colombe might be a giant step towards handing them one of the playoff spots. With the other two leaders, cotonsport and Apejes making long trips to Bamenda and Limbe respectively, Dragon will be keen on capitalizing on any mistake from the two, to go top of the pool.
For Colombe, defeat is not on their agenda, as anything short of a win against Dragon will more than qualify them for the relegation playoffs.

HEAD TO HEAD

The away tie played at the Nkoovos Municipal stadium on March 3, 2019, the two sides separated 1#1. Serge Ekollo Malolo scored for Dragon and Manykre was on target for Colombe.
This Saturdays game will be the sixth top flight meeting between the two sides. In their past five confrontations, Dragon has moved away with two wins, one win for Colombe and two other games ending in a draw.
Matches between Dragon and Colombe, have produced eight goals, five for Dragon and three for Colombe.

RECENT FORM

Dragon has performed beyond expectations this season. Many predicted the downfall of Dragon, following the departure of Junior Rostand Mbai at the end of last season. But President Kome Max have put together one of the best squads in the league this season. In 13 league games played, he Cha Cha Cha boys have picked up 20 points, equivalent to five wins, three defeats and five draws. The team also has the second best attack in the league, with 18 goals scored. (Only cotonsport with 25 goals has scored more than Dragon). Their defense has also shipped in 11 goals.
For Colombe, it has been a near disastrous season. From Nkoovos to Yaounde, and the sacking of Charlemagne Mbongo, the team seems not to be having the needed results. In 13 games, the team has managed just three wins (the lowest win ratio in pool A), six defeats and four draws. The team also has the worst attack, with just nine goals scored, and 16 goals conceded.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dragons captain and second top scorer in the league, Serge Yvan Ekollo Malolo missed his sides last game against Union, and it is still to be known if he will take part in Saturdays game. Even in his absence, Dragon can count on the Solid defending of Thomas Peleg Djomiah, Fernandinho Gaatien Makembe, Guillaume Din and Paul Stephane Bong. Former Bang Bullet and Apejes Pair, Gerard Tamukong and Yengi Vitalis, will also be vital in the midfield, while Jean Jude Etele and Roche Foning Tazon, will need to be active in front of goal. Goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido will also be in search of his fifth clean sheet of the season, since joining the team from Astres.
Colombes main man will certainly be Moussingue Rene who has scored three of their nine goals this season, and Junior Lionel Bandga, who is on two goals.

AFESEH APONG.
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