By Angu Lesley
Che Malone Fondoh Junior put in a shift in defense and provided his first assist for Cotonsport as they brush aside Astre of Douala 2-0 in the semi final of the title playoff on thursday night the Roumde Adjia Stadium.
Thursday’s game was the defender’s first game in front of the Coton faithful since joining the club close to a year ago from rivals Union Sportive of Douala.
Having featured just once in the CAF Confederation cup last season, away to Orapa United of Botswana Malone and not fielded in the Confed cup games played in Garoua, ‘wall of Jericho’ waited patiently for his home debut and delivered in what he has tagged the biggest game of his career.
‘Yes, it was my biggest game. It was the first time to play in a competition of this magnitude. My first time in the playoff,” 22-year old Malone revealed.
The former Continental FA of Buea defender was outstanding as the game progressed last night, making good interceptions and his combo with Goni Ali was exceptional.
The defender told kick442.com it is a result of hardwork and meditation.
“I dedicated the game to God. I asked him to do what he has been doing right from the start, which is granting us victory. Asked for maximum concentration and energy during the game,” Malone continued.
He made 12 clearances, six interceptions, 86% duels won plus 94% pass accuracy indicates was one of his best return this season.
Though pundits didn’t tip him amongst players to assist the first goal of the playoff, he did.
“I told myself if can’t score let me assist a mate in scoring,” he further added that contrary to public opinion of the assist being a fluke, his 47th minute long range ball to Marou wasn’t.
“I did that in the previous matches but it hasn’t been going. Today God made it possible and it led to a goal.”
His pass was a good one, right into Marou’s path and the Cameroon international did the rest. He ran at goal with purpose and drilled it past the goalkeeper into the top corner.
The assist was Che’s first in 19 appearances for the Cotonites in the debut season for the Cameroon international in the making.
While realistically, playing in Garoua advantages Coton, Eding will not make it easy for the host and Malone on Sunday.
Last night was thus an ideal night for Che and co to lift confidence ahead of the big final this Sunday which will be his 20th game of the season.
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