New stars of Douala and PWD Social club of Bamenda both finished bottom of pool A of the league one championship, and will have to battle for safety in the top tier, with four other teams. The two sides have met already this season, but have yet another rendezvous, to rewrite their wrongs.
It is the first day of the playoffs, and there is no room for mistakes. Both teams are conscious of the fact that they have just five games to decide their future in the Cameroon league one Championship, thus the desire to begin the playoffs with a win, is ultimate. New stars and PWD suffered defeats on the last day of the first phase to Avion and Dragon respectively, but had enough time to put the broken pieces together, ahead of Sunday’s showdown, which is promising to produce electrifying moments.
HEAD TO HEAD
Both sides have met twice this season. So Sunday’s clash will be the third ever encounter between the two sides. Their first ever meeting was on match day four of the championship, with New stars emerging victorious 2#1, thanks to goals from Junior Kemajou and Frank Daniel Bille, with Kongnyuy Jude scoring PWD’s lone goal in that encounter. They met again on day 13 action in Bamenda, with a last minute penalty from Mondi Kagawa that handed PWD all three points. So the two sides count one win each, in their last two meetings.
New stars have won four games, four draws and suffered eight defeats, the highest number of defeats in the league. The team has also scored 13 goals, and has conceded 29 times, making them the worst defense in the league. News stars ended the first phase of the championship at the bottom of pool A, with 16points.
PWD on their part are winless out of home this season. In eight away games, they have manages just one draw and seven defeats. In all, the Bamenda outfit has played 16 games, five wins, four draws and seven defeats. They finished the first phase on the eight spot on the leagues table in pool A with 19 points.
PWD has been impressive since Augustine Tchoupo took over as head Coach. The have record three wins two defeats and one draw under him.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kemajou Junior is on three goals this season, while Nelson Moukeu has scored three goals. Stopping them will need a lot of vigilance from the PWD backline. Aristide Medjo will also be a dependable for Coach Patrice Fotso’s side, as he looks to add to his two goals this season. Meanwhile the leadership qualities of Captain Ronald Lane Lakem will be greatly needed to rally the troops.
Mondi Kagawa has scored three goals for this season. He missed his side’s last four games through an injury he suffered against New stars on the 13 day of action, but will likely make his comeback on Sunday.
Kongnyuy Jude has scored six goals for this season, and will certainly be the focal point for the Abakwa boys.
Also, goalkeeper Julius Atengong has won 16 of PWD’s 19 points this season. He captained the team against TKC on match day 17 and against Dragon on day 18, and is expected to play a pivotal role as his team fights for safety.