Union de Mouvement Sportive of Loum will lock horns with defending champions Cotonsport of Garoua, in the last game of the 2019 league one championship in Cameroon. The game is considered the final of the league, and is a winner takes it all. The encounter scheduled for the yaounde military stadium on Sunday June 9, 2019, at 5PM, will mark the end of the championship, which for the first time was played in two pools, and also witnessing the playoffs for the first time.
Many football pundits have tipped this encounter to be the most exciting game of the season, giving it stakes. UMS needs just a draw from that game, to clinch a historic second league title in just their fifth season in the top tier, after the won the title in 2016. UMS is currently top of the title playoff block with nine points from four games, and are one point ahead of their days opponents, cotonsport, and three points better than third place Apejes. So should Laurent Djam and his boys play a tie against Cotonsport, they will be crowned champions, no matter the result of the APEJES vs Feutcheu game.
For cotonsport, they are obliged to win the game, if they want to bag home their 16th league one crown. The 15 time and defending champions failed to capitalize on UMS defeat by APEJES last weekend, as they were also held to a draw by Dragon. So Daouda Kamilou and his teammates will now have to do the job themselves, by beating a stubborn UMS side.
HEAD TO HEAD
Sundays game will be the 11th top flight meeting between the two sides, and the first time they are meeting since June 17, 2018. It will also be the first meeting between the two sides in the current Campaign, because they were in different pools, during the first phase of the championship. In their last 10 confrontations, UMS has recorded just two wins, as compared to five for cotonsport, with three other games ending in a draw. On average, in direct matches, both teams scored 1.90 goals per match.
17 June 2018, Cotonsport 4#1 UMS
22 March 2018, UMS 0#1 Cotonsport
7 September 2017, UMS 0#0 Cotonsport
7 May 2017, Cotonsport 4#1 UMS
9 June 2016, UMS 1#0 Cotonsport
21 February 2016, Cotonsport 1#0 UMS
19 July 2015, UMS 0#0 Cotonsport
16 April 2015, Cotonsport 4#1 UMS
UMS 1#0 Cotonsport
Cotonsport 0#0 UMS
UMS has won three of their four playoff games, suffering defeat just once. In the four games, they have scored four goals and have conceded just one. In general, UMS has played 20 league games this season, winning eight, drawn seven and lost 6, scoring a total of 16 goals, and conceded 10.
For Cotonsport, they are on a run of two wins and two draws in their four playoff games. In the four games, they have scored six goals and conceded three. In total, contonsport has played 20 league games this term, where they have won 10, suffered three defeats (against New Stars, Union and TKC), and seven draws. The cotonites have the best attack in the league, with a total of 36 goals scored, and 14 conceded.
UMS was recently eliminated from the Cameroon cup in the 16 finals, by FAP of Yaoundé, while for cotonsport, they are into the quarter finals of the competttion, and following their 2# 0 win over lion Blesse on Wednesday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For UMS of Loum, they will certainly count on the save hands of Dande Junior at goal.
The former APEJES and Siewe FC of San-Pedro goalkeeper, has kept three clean sheets in four playoff games, and is expected to be very busy when he face the best attacking team in the country.
Also, Bertin Nguemaleu and Boris Ngosso, will be decisive at center back, with the help of Romeo Yem Yem and Eric Joel Nticheu from the flanks. UMS can also count on a solid midfield with captain Joel Etouge and Nicolas Abanda Koa, while Ayuk Vidal and Nicolas owono, will be active up front.
For Cotonsport, League one top scorer, Daouda Kamilou (with 11 goals), will be looking to consolidating his chances of winning the golden boot.
He will be assisted in the goal scoring task by Burkinabe International, Arnaud Sanou Sibiri, who has netted seven league goals already.
Thierry Tcheunte will be expected to boss the midfield battles, while Ngweni Ndasi Denis and Solomon Bienvenu Banga may be picked once again at center back, with Thomas Etta Bawak and dead ball specialist, Serge Andoulou, also expected to anchor from the right and left back positions respectively.
Goalkeeper Daouda Ibrahima started cotonsport’s last league game against Dragon and did fairly well, but Coach Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso will have a tough decision picking between him and Togolese Number one, Sabirou Bassa Djeri.
Laurent Djam of UMS, spend last season with Stade Renard of Melong.
He won the 2017 Cameroon Cup with New stars of Douala, and is now eyeing his second major accolade in less than two years.
Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso of Cotonsport, join the cotonites less than three months ago from Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, after a nine year spell with the Bamenda outfit, during which he won the 2013 Cameroon cup with them.
The former Sable of Batie and Panthere sportive of Nde gaffer, knows just how to get through such big occasions. So Sundays game promises to produce a lot of fireworks.