By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Eteki Memorial Sports Academy, EEMSA is into the last round of the qualification for the Cup of Cameroon. The team defeated Njalla Quan Sports Academy, NQSA 2-1 on Sunday, April 18 at the BGS School Field.
A brace from EEMSA’s prolific forward Martin Egbe Egbe was enough to hand EEMSA the victory and one step to their target of being one of the representatives from the South West Region at the Cup of Cameroon.
In a repeat of the second round where both teams played each other, it was EEMSA that came out victorious as they did against NQSA in the last round. During the second round, it was EEMSA that won NQSA on post-match penalty shootouts but improved on that in the third round as they won a strong NQSA on regular time.
Both sides began the game strongly as they both looked to catch each other off-guard. It was EEMSA that succeeded in getting their noses in front as in the 10mins Martin Egbe scored his first goal of the game.
EEMSA will not be in front for long as NQSA powered back just three minutes after going behind. Zamgbala Mbassi scored NQSA’ equalizer at the 13mins, as NQSA looked to get a foothold of the game.
EEMSA, who have not lost any game in the qualifiers so far powered back and took control of the game. The team resulted in counter-attacks which succeeded in penetrating the NQSA backline. And on the 19mins the team went ahead. Martin Egbe scored his second and what will become the last goal of the game at the 19mins.
Martin Egbe has been a thorn for the NQSA side. The player was the lone scorer during the last encounter, meaning he has scored three goals against NQSA in their two meetings.
Seeing defeat looming like last time NQSA intensified the pressure but their attacks were all repelled by the defence of EEMSA. When NQSA succeeded in penetrating the shot either went off-target or was saved by goalkeeper Maleke Kevin. Maleke will then produce an outstanding save to keep EEMSA in the lead a few minutes to half time.
At the 38mins EEMSA was reduced to 10-men after Simon Bisong was shown a red card due to a harsh tackle that resulted in the NQSA player needing medical attention.
It was a closely fought second half as both teams knew the prize on offer should they succeed in qualifying for the next round. With a man up NQSA took the attack on EEMSA but their efforts could not produce any result.
Amedov Nfor almost equalized for NQSA but his effort was deflected across the crossbar with few minutes left in the game. The resulting corner met his head but went across the crossbar, to the disappointment of the travelling Njalla Quan supporters.
It should be noted that EEMSA joins a list of six clubs that will be participating in the last round of qualities for the Cup of Cameroon. The draw comes up this Tuesday, April 20 at the FECAFOOT office in Buea.
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