BY Afeseh Apong
FOVU club of Baham will host Bamboutos FC of Mbouda this Wednesday at the Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium in Keoukong, in one of Day four fixtures in Pool B of the MTN Elite one championship.
The two teams from the west region of Cameroon, have had contrasting fortunes since the start of the championship.
If Bamboutos FC of Mbouda have had brilliant start to the campaign, where only Eding Sport has performed better than them if Pool A, it has seemingly not been the case for FOVU, a team just fresh from representing Cameroon at the CAF champions league.
FOVU club of Baham has struggled for consistency in their opening three games of the season. The team has managed just one win ( a 1#0 win over Avion ), one draw (1#1 against New Stars), and have suffered one defeat, (FOVU 0#2 PWD). The team has scored just two goals, and have conceded three in that process.
For the Mangwa boys, they have looked like they’re going to have a say in the title race this season. Unbeaten in their first three games, Bamboutos is second in pool B, curtsey of their wins over PWD in the opening game, a late winner against Avion and a thrilling two all draw against league’s new boys, OFTA of Kribi.
Head to head record
A closer look at the last 10 confrontations between these two teams, gives the Mangwa Boys a technical advantage on paper. Bamboutos has won four of their last 10 meetings, two wins for FOVU and four other games ending in a draw.
13/08/2021 Bamboutos 1#1 FOVU
17/04/2021 FOVU 3#1 Bamboutos
19/02/2020 FOVU 0#0 Bamboutos
10/11/2019 Bamboutos 2#0 FOVU
10/07/2018 Bamboutos 2#1 FOVU
18/04/2018 FOVU 0#0 Bamboutos
02/09/2015 Bamboutos 1#2 FOVU
21/05/2015 FOVU 0#1 Bamboutos
08/10/2014 Bamboutos 1#1 FOVU
23/04/2014 FOVU 0#1 Bamboutos.
Players to watch
FOVU of Baham will be counting on star Midfielder Stéphane Ikpeme, to make things happen. The Cameroon Under 20 international scored a brilliant free kick against Avion in their first game, and has had good games against PWD and OFTA. The former Djiko FC man will be instrumental in breaking down Bamboutos’ assaults in the middle of the park.
Also, the experience of captain Arsene Mbe, Eric Pafong and Cyrille Ngando, could be of great impact for FOVU. A blind of this experience with the youthfulness of Alex Mermoz and Baleri Ibrahima, would give FOVU a perfect balance.
For Bamboutos FC of Mbouda alias the Mangwa Boys, they’re blessed with talent of huge experience. Captain Ako Harry Oru will lead the troops, with Rostand Moukap and Donatien Tchami coordinating the center back axis.
Brandon Njoufack can easily race forward from the right flank, to supply danger man Junior Kemadjou, with the needed crosses. The creativity of Koupit Mani can play the trick, but most especially, Alexandre Nsangue Nsia, will be facing his former employers for the first time. Nsangue spend last season with FOVU where he was a mainstay at the midfield, but has now reunited with his former coach at YOSA, Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso who head coach of the Mangwa boys.
Wednesday’s fixture brings together two of the finest coaches in the country. Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso who leads Bamboutos FC, has won almost all silverwares in his different stints with clubs across the national territory. The former YOSA gaffer, has also coached the likes of Sable of Batie, Panthère sportive of Nde, and Cotonsport of Garoua, just to name but these.
FOVU of Baham’s Olivier Nankam is part of the new generation of coaches in the country. His astute style of coaching has worked magic during his time at Astres of Douala and he has proven time and again that he is the man to count on.
Kick-off time for the all west Regional clash, is scheduled for 4pm this Wednesday March 30, at the Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium in Keoukong.
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