Yong sports academy of Bamenda will be hoping for an improved performance, when they pay a visit to pool B joint leaders, Stade Renard, at the Melong Municipal stadium on Sunday. YOSA missed the opportunity of taking a commanding step closer to the playoffs, following their zero all home draw with Astres on Match day 17.
YOSA will be need a win over Stade Renard, and hopes UMS drops points against bottom place Fovu of Baham, in the other group game, before they can dream of securing a playoff spot. In case of a win for YOSA, and should UMS also pick all three points against Fovu, it will the end of the season for Bamendas Academics, who will only regret their several squandered chances this season.
Stade Renard on their part is already into the playoffs, alongside Feutcheu FC of Bandjoun. Coach Aboubakar Souleymanou and his boys are now determined to overpower Feutcheu for the top spot in Pool B.
*HEAD TO HEAD*
YOSA won the first leg played in Bamenda earlier this season, by one goal to zero. Sunday’s game will be the sixth confrontation between the two sides, since Stade Renard got promotion to the top tier in 2017. Their last five meetings have seen YOSA moving away with two wins, as compared to just one win for stade Renard, and two draws. Last season, YOSA defeated Stade Renard 1#nil in Melong thanks to a goal from Yves Alain Dooh Moukoko, which ended Stade Renard’s excellent home run, and made YOSA the first side to move away with a win in Melong
Stade Renard 1#0 YOSA
YOSA 0#0 Stade Renard
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YOSA 1#0 Stade Renard
Stade Renard has witnessed remarkable progress this season. Consistency has been their watch word, with scintillating performances especially at the refurbished play ground in Melong. Out of 15 games played, Stade Renard has recorded six victories, seven draws and just two defeats. They are ranked second in their pool, behind Feutcheu, though level on points, but Stade Renard has an inferior goal average. The team has scored 10 goals, and conceded seven.
For YOSA, it has been a season to forget. Despite the high profile signings, nothing good has come from the team that once had the best playing style in the championship. The team has 20 points from 15 games, synonymous to four wins, eight draws and three defeats. YOSA has one of the lowest scoring attacks, with just nine goals scored, and eight goals conceded. Their last seven games have seen YOSA recording five draws, one win and one defeat.
*PLAYERS TO WATCH*
Tamo Giresse Tinwo of Stade Renard, will be facing his former employers for the first time this season. He scored from the penalty spot in his sides 1#1 draw against Eding on Match day 17, and will be looking for his second goal of the season.
Bienvenu Mbith has been a back bone of Stade Renards fantastic form this season, and his experience will be important against YOSA on Sunday.
Yves Alain Dooh Moukoko scored against stade Renard in Melong last season, and might be coming for another hunting mission.
Goalkeeper Fuh Blaise has kept two clean sheets in two games for YOSA. The former EEMSA shot stopper will be looking for his third appearance of the season, and why not his third consecutive clean sheet.