PWD of Kumba and Njalla Quan Sports Academy from Limbe cancelled themselves out in the opening game of the South West mini-interpools to determine which team will represent the South West Region in the National round-robbing tournament to get which teams will qualify to play in the national Elite 2 championship.
Coach Edwin Teteh’s NQSA looked the more adventurous team in the opening 10 minutes of the game with Dion Atonga and Noel Soh Tatah looking dangerous.
Their early pressure paid off at 7th minute when Patrick Bajamin Mbeng capitalized from some defensive lapses from PWD of Kumba and opened the scoring.
The early goal looked to push them on as they created successive guilt-edged chances which Dion Atonga wasted.
The team from Limbe three were made to regret those missed chances when Roderick Fuh Ade’s rough tackle in the box was sanctioned by a penalty by referee Essone Brine and Namse Ebelle Kelson sent goalkeeper Frank Dirka the wrong way at the 38th minute.
The momentum shifted to coach Bessong Maxwell’s team in the second half with Atabong Romuala and Moses Itua asking all the questions against NQSA’s left back Amedon Nfor Saji and the centre defenders Cereso Saidou Ashu and Brandon Junior Diffo. Unfortunately they failed to create any clear goal scoring chance.
The second half had no clear cut chance for both sides and neither goalkeepers, Frank Dirka for NQSA and Clinton Fule of PWD of Kumba were really tested.
Both teams played down the time with a draw looking to be a satisfactory result for both of them.
Both teams will hope for better fortunes when PWD of Kumba meets Limbe Football Association and NQSA plays against Continental Football Academy of Buea for their respective day two fixtures, at the Molyko Omnisport Stadium in Buea, to keep their hopes of emerging as regional champions alive.