By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
FAP of Yaoundé went in front as early as the 11th minute against an AS Matelots team that contented itself to seat behind in the entire first half of their day four clash in Cameroon’s Elite Two, at the Limbe Middle Farms Field.
Winger Jules Cedric Eyenga looked to be having the better of Matelots’ left-back Franck Olivier Fogue Tchapet, his captain Steve Charlin Fokoua opted to come to his rescue, but he rather illegally brought down the flick footed FAP winger. Eyenga took the resulting free-kick himself and played a fine ball into the box which the experienced Emmanuel Che Ngueah headed home with relative ease.
FAP doubled their lead at the 43rd minute through captain Thierry Stephane Ayaul from a master class free-kick.
AS Matelots’ only threatening moment in the first half came from a corner kick. FAP’s goalkeeper Willy Armand Noah who showed his weakness in dealing with crosses repeatedly, mistimed a corner kick and the ball fell kindly to Matelots’ Isuma Mondoa Bright who set up a fine chance for midfielder Yan Foku Djemen Djemen but he failed to put the ball in-between the three sticks with the FAP goalkeeper in no man’s land.
In the second half, Coach James Fang Achuo’s team came with a better game plan as they were clearly the brighter team.
They narrowly missed to half their deficit through Franky Ndongo Akame. A long ball into the penalty area was misjudged by FAP’s central defender Donald Serge Ayia and was headed down by Isuma Mondoa Bright to Ndongo Akame but his curled left foot effort shaved the outside of the post.
Coach Fang decided to bring in Frank Junior Mboumi in the place of Salah Damdjouma.
It turned out to be the right call. He showed great pace and trickery and played through Ndongo Akame who finished clinically to make it one for Matelots and two for FAP.
Isuma Bright Mondoa left Guy Bertrand Dinga on the floor from a telling pass from Rigobert Amougou Abouna and raced free to goal but he looked not to have made up his mind, as his cross looking shot did not trouble Willy Armand Noah.
FAP had chances of their own to put the game out of the reach of Matelots but coach Mboula Mohamadou’s team was either wasteful in front of goal or failed to chose the right final ball.
FAP midfielder Mahamat was forced out with an injury and was replaced by Fabrice Balogoe Loe.
Loe’s first meaningful contribution was a precise long ball to Guy Betrand Dinga, who combined beautifully in and eye catching one two with Dimitri Arnwin before playing a perfect low cross which Cyrille Ekamba inexplicably failed to put into an empty gaping net.
At the end of the game FAP’s Che Ngueah, Cyrille Ekamba and Guy Betrand Dinga could be seen in a heated debate with Dinga the defender claiming that their nervy finish to the cane was as a result of the inefficiency of his attacking teammates.
Going by what they showed in the second half, Matelots should be beating themselves now for that disastrous first half.
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