By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
PWD of Bamenda did not miss the chance to go back top of the Elite One table, even if it will only be temporarily, while waiting for the result between Cotonsport and Bamboutos of Mbouda on Thursday.
The Abakwa Boys earned a priceless 1-2 win over Union of Douala at the Limbe Middle Farms Stadium this Wednesday, despite going a man down in the second half after goalkeeper Cedric Lionel Damlabeu was sent off.
David Pangou’s men were top of the pile before their 1-0 defeat to Bamboutos over the weekend, they did not miss the chance to reclaim the top spot with a spirited display against Union.
Indeed, PWD of Bamenda would have settled for a point despite taking the lead at the 30th minute. Nchindo John Bosco outpaced Carlain Manga Mbah and attempted a cross into the box which was blocked illegally by Union’s full defense man Stanley Echabe, with the use of his hands. Center referee Tsanou Louis Pascal pointed to the spot. Nchindo stepped up and sent Loic Feudjo to the opposite direction and put the visitors ahead.
Union upped the gear and had successive goal scoring opportunities at the 39th and 40th minutes.
Aboubakari Sidiki showed why he is highly rated by dancing past three PWD defenders before he was heavily brought down by Basile Yamkam at the edge of the box. The resultant free-kick was dangerously played into the box but headed narrowly wide by Stanley Echabe.
A minute later, Manga Mbah outplayed Romeo Njang and squared a fine ball into the box to an unmarked Felix Chenkam but his shot inexplicably went over the bar.
Despite Union’s dominance, Captain Berinyuy Derick and his teammates almost doubled their advantage before the stroke of half time. Nchindo showed great strength to go past Echabe who dragged him down out of desperation. The PWD playmaker took the free-kick himself and he was just inches above the cross-bar from doubling their lead.
Union however, made sure they leveled the deficit before the break. Aboubakari Sidiki was simply unplayable and made Basile Yamkam look at times like a school boy. He ran rings around the PWD right-back who brought him down for a dangerous free-kick at the 46th minute. Manga Mbah played the ball over the defense and released Felix Chenkam who was brought down by Boung Joel to the dislike of the referee who pointed to the spot. Manga Mbah stepped up and made no mistake.
Union had a second penalty shout deep into first half extra time when Sidiki again went down to a challenge from Yamkam but the referee was not impressed and rather booked the Union winger for trying to play a fast one on him.
In the second half, Union had a second penalty after Loic Feudjo’s long ball was poorly delt with by captain Berinyuy and the lurking Chenkam went face to face with goalkeeper Damlabeu who was judged to have fouled him by the central referee in what turned out to be a huge moment of controversy in the game. The referee had no doubt it was a penalty despite an opposite opinion from his assistants. Damlabeu was sent off and Union had the chance to go a goal up with a man more. Unfortunately for the Nassara Gamakaï, substitute goalkeeper Shinynsa Didemus intimidated Manga Mbah to put the penalty wide.
It then looked to be a matter of when not if Union were to get that much needed second goal.
Landry Abessolo, Felix Chenkam and Aboubakari Sidiki all looked lively against and edgy PWD backline.
But against the run of play came a moment of pure quality from a man who is fast making it his trade mark. PWD’s midfielder Ndeh Collins repeated exactly the same goal he scored against Tonerre and Dragon, a 20 yards screamer, worthy of winning any football game at the 78th minute.
The Abakwa Boys took a lead they defended with all they got till the last sound of the referee’s whistle.
The win now moves them to 47 points and top of the pack while waiting for results from tomorrow’s game.
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