Match day 13 action promises to be decisive to both PWD and New stars of Douala, when they go head to head at YOSA stadium in mile six Nkwen. The two sides have not lived up to expectation this season, with new stars struggling for consistency.
Coach Augustine Choupo set the targets of picking up two home wins in his first two games as the Abakwa boys new gaffer, and match day 12 action saw them dispatching Union sportive of Douala 2#nil. His immediate objective will be solving the New stars equation come Sunday. In case of a win for PWD, they will be level on points with New stars and might possibly overtake them on the leagues table.
New stars are coming from another disastrous 4#1 defeat the suffered to Dragon at home in Limbe, and coach Patrick Fotso and his boys will not want to line two defeats in a roll. The last time Dragon humiliated New stars, New stars reacted with a win over PWD.
HEAD TO HEAD
Sunday’s game will be the second meeting 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. So there is some revenge in the air, when the Abakwa boys entertain New stars on Sunday.
PWD has won just 3 of their 11 games this season, recording 3 draws and suffering 5 defeats. The Abakwa boys have also scored 9 goals in that process and have conceded 14. All their 3 wins this season have come at home (against Apejes, Dragon and Union). Interestingly the Abakwa boys have not lost a game at home for two seasons now. PWD is currently last in Pool A with 12 points, only 6 points separating them from the league leaders.
New stars on their part have won 4 games, 3 draws and 4 defeats. The team has also scored 12 goals, and has conceded 18 times, making them the worst defense in the league. News stars is 3 points better than PWD, (15points) and are 4 places above “Ngia P” (fifth).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mondi Kagawa has scored two of PWD’s last 3 goals in the league, and seems to be at the peak of his form.
Goalkeeper Julius Atengong has kept two clean sheets in six games for PWD this season, and has won 10 of their 12 points this season. His fine performance against Union may earn a starting place against New stars.
Aristide Medjou missed New stars last game, but has been one of the main man for his side this season.
Kemajou Junior is on 3 goals this season, while Nelson Moukeu has score twice. Stopping them will need a lot of vigilance from the PWD backline.
Kongnyuy Jude and Nyokon Tonye Etienne missed PWD’s last game due to suspension, and are expected to return against New stars on Sunday.