The relegation playoffs will see two clubs with the same managerial lineage coming head to head. Fovu of Baham and Astres of Douala might be from the Littoral and West region respectively, but the management of the two teams remains solely on Deodonne Kamdem. Fovu is in the second year of their comeback in the top tier, and already risk relegation, should they fail to improve on their form of the first phase of the championship.
He will gets all three points in the game, will be in the right track in their quest to survive relegation. Fovu has always dominated contest whenever the two sides meet in the league, thus Astres will want to reduce the Fovu dominance.
HEAD TO HEAD
It will be the third time the two sides are meeting in the league this season, given that they were all in pool B of the championship. In their last two meetings this season, both sides moved away with one win each. They met on day one of the current campaign, with a Victor Mengue hat trick, handing Fovu all three points, despite Daniel Nguini reducing tally for Astres. In the return leg on match day 10, Astres edged Fovu 1#nil.
Since 2005, the two sides have met 22 times in the league, with Fovu coming top with nine wins, as compared to just five wins for Astres, while eight other games have ended in a draw. In 22 meetings, the two sides have scored a total of 46 goals, 25 for Fovu and 21 for Astres.
So Fovu has picked up 35 of the 58 points between them and Astres, while 23 points have gone Astres way.
Fovu ended the first phase bottom of Pool B, with 15 points recorded from 16 games played. The team won just three matches, drew six and lost seven. The team scored 13 goals, and conceded 19. The team recently parted ways with their Congolese tactician Magloire Mfutila, and will be hoping for a new beginning during the playoffs.
For Astres, they finished seventh in the same group, with 16 points, in 16 games played. The Brazilians of Bepanda managed just four wins, four draws and suffered eight defeats. Just like Fovu, Astres scored 13 goals, but conceded 17 (two fewer than Fovu). Astres’ form dropped drastically in the absence of Olivier Nankam. He is back in the country after winning the U17 AFCON with the baby lions of Cameroon, and will have a daunting task to maintain his team in the league one.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Victor Sother Mengue is Fovu’s top scorer with four goals, but has gone 14 match days, without finding the back of the net. He scored three times against Astres in the reverse fixtures. Fovu will be hoping that he can rediscover his goal scoring skills when they meet Astres on Sunday.
Fovu will also rely on the creativity of Rudolf Njongmu who is on two goals, and Alexandre Nsangue. The experience of Captain Brice Tchamabo will also count.
For Astres, they will count on the likes of former Bamboutos man Christian Deugoue and Marius Ngon A Tati. The two have scored two goals each this season.