Match preview: Fortuna VS YOSA, 1st win and 1st position at stake.
Struggling AS Fortuna of Mfou, host in form Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda this February 24, in Yaoundé, in one of day five matches of the league one championship.
It is a most win encounter for the two sides, as AS Fortuna are still chasing their first league win, after four playing days. The team from the center region of the country has managed just two draws and is ranked last but one in pool B of the championship, with only two points.
Yong sport Academy on their part is topping the group with 7 points harvested after just three games played. Coach Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso and his boys will certainly want to hold tight at the top, as they make their second trip to the center region, in less than a month.
AS Fortuna has lost two (stade Renard 1#0 Fortuna, Fortuna 2#3 Feutcheu) and drawn two (Fortuna 1#1 UMS, Eding 1#1 Fortuna) of their four matches played, scoring four goals and conceding six times. Their last game saw the team from Mfou coming from a one goal deficit, to salvaging a one all draw against cross town rivals, Eding sport.
YOSA on their part has won two of the three matches played (Eding 0#1 YOSA, YOSA 1#0 UMS) and drew one (YOSA 0#0 Unisport). YOSA remains the only team that is yet to concede a goal this season, though the Bamenda boys also counts the second worst attack in the league after four playing days (only Unisport with zero goal scored, has the worst attack than YOSA). YOSA is just fresh from a win against UMS.
HEAD TO HEAD
Sunday’s game will be the third ever meeting between the two sides. During the 2017_2018 season, they met twice, with YOSA moving away with one win and one draw. The first ever encounter between YOSA and Fortuna was on match day 11 last season where they seperated on a virgin tie. The return league in Bamenda on match day 28 saw YOSA moving away with all three points, thanks to goals from Festus Nkwenti and Alexandre Nsangue Nsia. That encounter end 2#1 in favour of YOSA. So Sunday’s game will be an opportunity for Fortuna to revenge or for YOSA to continue with their hegemony over Fortuna.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
AS Fortuna lost a bulk of their most talented players of last season, Abate Lionel, Yannick Ndzoumou, Gabriel Appolinaire Kack Kack and many others left for greener pasture. The team has however had four different goal scorers this season (Fabrice Onguene against UMS, Prince Junior Sime and Franck Bombock against Feutcheu and Abdel Salam Mefira against Eding). Fortuna has failed to score in just one game this season (against Stade Renard on match day two). The team can also rely on dependable left back, Louis Tazoh Afuanjih, who knows much about football in the North West region, through his time with PWD of Bamenda. YOSA will find it hard to break a defense, with the likes of Justice Bekep (former captain of YAFOOT) and Michel Abomo Meda. Coach Anatole Abe’e has recently preferred goalkeeper Leopold Kamguia Kamguia, over the ever present Jean Daniel Nyeck.
For YOSA, Ashu Tambe Clevis counts two assist already this season, while the defenders have been making headlines not only for their steady defending, but also for the goal scoring prowess as YOSA’s two goals this season have been scored by defenders. (Cyril Fonou against Eding and Yves Alain Dooh Moukoko against UMS).
The Midfield battle will also be vital, with YOSA’s dominant midfield, with the likes of Ningahar Romeo Otodyibaye, Randy Ntume Kwalar and Toko Toko Eric.
The game will be played at the Yaoundé Annex One Stadium, new home ground for Fortuna.