By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Olympique Marseille has won the maiden edition of the Njie Clinton End of Year Festival played at the Buea Town Municipal Stadium. The side comprising players from Bonduma and Molyko won Tottenham Hotspur (Tole, Great Soppo, Clerk Quarters, Long Street and Small Soppo) by 4 goals to zero.
The goals for Marseille were scored by Benedict Henry, Agbor Emmanuel and Tangiri Franklin, with the latter finishing as the top goal scorer of the tournament. Benedict Henry scored his side’s opener at the 17mins of play through a header from a free-kick.
The second goal came at the 61st minute of play through Tangiri Franklin, who finished the competition on three goals.
With the pressure mounted on Tottenham Hotspur, Agbor Emmanuel scored Marseille’s third goal at the 65mins of play all but sealing the title for Olympique Marseille.
Both sides began the opening minutes of the game very cautiously. Few chances were created as the sides looked to test the capabilities of their opponent.
Marseille after a slow start to the game slowly found their rhythm. Agbor Emmanuel, who scored the winning penalty for his side during the second semi-final, came close to adding a second goal.
Lartey Franklin was the marksman for his side Spurs with various opportunities to get an equalizer for his side. The defence line of Marseille was, however, on hand to stop any meaningful chances. At the 26mins, Lartey Franklin, who was looking at finishing as the outright top goal scorer of the competition had his shot just wide from the goal post.
Goalkeeper Eric Bengono was on fine form producing a spectacular save to deny Henry his second goal of the competition.
Seeing he needed a fresh impetus in the game, Coach Enang Seerin brought in Zebedee Mukete at the 40mins mark, removing Eyong Carlson. The change from Coach Enang did not bring an immediate reaction from the Tottenham boys as the game ended 1-0 in favour of Marseille at the first half.
With the Spurs 3 goals down, the morale of the team was almost depleted with few chances created by the side in the second half. Nothing was going in favour of Spurs, who had to come from a goal down in the first semi-final of the encounter to reach the final.
Neba Denvadis then added a fourth goal to put misery on the faces of the players of Tottenham Hotspur and their fans, some of whom began leaving the field.
Olympique Marseille’s win saw them taking home the trophy and a cash prize of FCFA 1 million from Njie Clinton, the organizer of the competition. An additional FCFA 1 million was provided to the winning team by Wilson Dacosta, owner of WDC Apart Hotel, one of the sponsors of the Njie Clinton festival.
It should be recalled that the close of the tournament on December 27 saw Olympique Lyonnais finishing the competition on the third spot after beaten Dynamo Moscow in the third-place classification game. Njie Clinton equally had various charity works that he carried out before the final of the competition.
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