Cotonsport of Garoua has played a 1#1 draw with Apejes of Mfou, in an advanced day nine encounter of the league one championship, played at the yaounde omnisport stadium.

Cotonsport came into the encounter just one point better than their opponents on the league’s rankings in Pool A, and haven failed to win out of home in four outings this season, suffering two defeats (To New Stars and Union), and two draws ( against Avion and Colombe’s).

The encounter started on a slow pace, with the best opportunity in the first segment coming at th the 25th minutes, when Marcel Batai made his way into Apejes’ box and had only goalkeeper Junior Hecube Ntone to beat, but instead preferred a pass to Daouda Kamilou, which was intercepted by the Apejes shot stopper. Apejes was forced into an early substitute, when Calistus Anjeh Akoh sustained an injury, and made way for Moubarack Gerard Ngamchiya, who was booked just few minutes after coming on. Junior Hecube Ntone also saw yellow at the 37th minute, for faking a foul, after a goalmouth tussle. Both sides returned to the dressing room at half time, tied Zero all.

The second segment saw the introduction of 18 year old Gueme Araina for Marou Souibou and it took the former Renaissance of Guide man just three minutes to get to the score sheet for his second goal of the season, as he tapped in a fine cross from Daouda Kamilou at the 55th minute. Coach Sokba Oumarou of Apejes effected two quick substitutions, bringing in Armel Lionel Ngondji and Brice Owono, for Clauvis Mbouwe Kekoh and Yerima Issa Bouhari respectively. Armel Lionel Ngondji will then level scores for Apejes at the 67 minute, heading home a fine delivery from Ulrich Yampili. The coming in of Innocent Assana and Monde Beadoum, did not help matters for Cotonsport, as a superb save from Simon Loti Omossala at the 87 minute, ensured that the two sides shared the spoils.
Cotonsport is now winless in five away games this season and failed to go top of Pool A, but coach Bertin Ebwelle thinks his sides poor away record is partly due to the long traveling hours down south for the cotonites.
Right back Etta Bawak Bemoans the several squandered chances, but insist the cotonites are not giving up and will work hard for their next games.

Apejes gaffer, Sokba Oumarou was satisfied with the outcome of the game, but thinks his side should have killed the game in the last 15 minutes. The other day nine encounters will come up this weekend, to round off the first round of the championship.

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