Bamboutos FC of Mbouda’s hopes of picking one of the available tickets for the league one championship, have witness a major setback, following their 1#1 draw with Canon sportive of Yaounde, in day three of the playoffs. Coming into the game, the Mangwa boys needed not short of a victory, to keep league one ambition alive. They actually came close to a win, but unfortunately late comebacks are a part of the game.
Bamboutos was very vibrant from the start of the game, with Platini Kaham, Rene Ndi and Valdo Junior Ntone stretching out Canon’s back four. Their constant pressure forced Canon’s defense man Junior Ngede Ngede, to get into the books of the central referee as early as the 20th minute of the game. Bamboutos will then wait till the 40th minute of the game, when Rene Ndi powered home a screamer from the midfield that got Goalkeeper James Bienvenu Djoayang beaten.
All attempts from Canon to get back to get back to the scores were nullified by Rostand Moukap and Co. Bamboutos will then all but themselves to blame, as they conceded a late penalty at the 95th minute, which was transformed by Canon’s Captain, Romuald Ndzana. Immediately the ball got to the back of Cedric Djomo’s net, central referee Biel Kolondo blasted his whistle to put an end to the contest. As supporters of the Kpa=Kum celebrated the draw as though it was a win, disappointment was the word that best describes the mode within the ranks of the Mangwa boys. Still struggling to recover from their shocking Cameroon cup exit to third tier side Jeunesse Athletic, Bamboutos will need more than a miracle to get a place for the league one next season.
After three days in the top playoffs, they remain the only side that is yet to win a game, as they have recorded two draws and one defeat. For Canon, they have four points, just three shy of leaders Panthere, and two less than Leopard. Canon’s hopes of returning to league one are very much alive, as they are determine to correct the errors of last season.