DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports Writer, Kick442.Com-Cameroon
The start of the 2021 professional football season in Cameroon has so far been nothing short of a nightmarish one for men’s clubs from the North West region of the country. All three teams from the area; defending Elite One champions, the Public Works Department, PWD, regional sisters Yong Sports Academy and league two outfit, Foncha Street FC all of Bamenda have all recorded unconvincing start of life to the 2020-2021 much acclaimed and branded Elite One and Two leagues.
PWD Bamenda whose start was further disrupted and destabilized by fire incidents involving its team bus, has seen itself on a near stagnant position with no clear signs of progress nor regression.
In four games played so far, the Abakwa Boys partly led recently by Technical Director, Tama Wango seating in for absent title winning tactician, David Pagou have harvested 6 points from a possible 12- gathered from 1 win and three draws. The outfit’s lone win this season has been a 1 nil triumph over one of the newest league one returnees, YAFOOT FC of Yaounde during the opening day of the championship.
President Pascal Abunde’s lads are yet to win a home game this season with all three home matches ending in draws including goalless ties against Bamboutos of Mbouda and Avion of Nkam and a one-all draw versus AS Fortuna.
With the Abakwa boys having a near unbeatable goalkeeping zone manned by Indomitable Lions keeper, Haschou Kerrido and PWD’s second choice, Raul Eya plus a defense held by the likes of captain Burinyuy Derrick, and Boung Joel, football pundits believe the team’s greatest weakness lies at the midfield and attacking compartments with few chances created and forwards being less clinical in finishing.
These points many hope, will be fixed before the league gets stiffer beginning with upcoming games against Djiko FC, Fovu of Baham and Dragon in Bafoussam and Yaounde respectively.
While PWD fans cry foul of unconvincing performances by their darling club, their peers of sister outfit, Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda find themselves in almost more desperate situation.
The Yellow Submarines of Coach Martin Nkabyo have had one of the most devastating start of life in the championship so far this year. The 2013 Cup of Cameroon winners hitherto known as one of the most consistent outfits in the region- having succeeded to stay in the top tier since gaining promotion over a decade ago, have found themselves wanting, winning once in their first 5 games of the season.
YOSA now tally’s four points from a possible 15. The outfit have picked three defeats from Coton Sport, Canon and Colombe of Garoua, Yaounde and Dja and Lobo respectively, conceding 6 goals and scoring twice during the three games.
The team’s lone victory came in a day three fixture against Astre with a 1 nil triumph- a win followed by a demoralizing goalless draw with visiting Apejes of Mfou in Bamenda.
According to football analysts closer to the outfit, the team’s main problem, lies mainly at the shaky defensive set-up taking in numerous goals and their inability to score more than single goals in matches. Situations which are incompatible with the success for football clubs.
The team’s defense with the likes of Louis Dada Manjo have easily led in goals while its attack principally led this season among others, by former Foncha Street FC talisman, Jean Claude Laimo and former Cinyodev Buea young forward Agbor Emmanuel have failed to meet desired expectations.
The Goalkeeping compartment temporary held by Ashu Kelvin despite the return of veteran keeper, Adoum Defallah, has not made things easier for the Submarines.
These discomforting performances of Elite one clubs from the region, have been further compounded by similar show from league two side, Foncha Street FC of Bamenda. The outfit led by Coach Njiki Simplice is still in search of a win this term. It’s most recent result being a 5-1 lost to Fauvre Azur that reminds fans of last season’s hurdles that saw the team survive relegation by office decision.
Something needs to be done soonest.
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