By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Small Soppo, Tole, Long Street, Clerks Quarters and Great Soppo that has been stylized as Tottenham Hotspur has reached the final of the Njie Clinton End of Year Tournament. Spurs defeated Buea Town and Bokwaongo, stylized as Olympique Lyonnais by 4 to 1.
A brace for Lartey Mbinglo and a goal from Tonga Junior saw the side reach for the final of the maiden edition of the Njie Clinton tournament.
Oscar Ngumbo opened the scoring for Lyon in the opening minutes of the game as the side mounted pressure on Spurs. A lapse in judgement gave Ngumbo the opportunity to score which he took and scored.
Oscar proved to be the marksman for Spurs with various opportunities for him to get a second goal for his side.
The first chance for Spurs came at almost the 15mins of the game as Mbinglo but his shot was just above the goal post. Their pressure was finally rewarded as Tonga Junior scored from a rebound of a free kick.
Lartey Mbinglo who had a number of opportunities to score during the game finally took his chance as he was fouled in the penalty box. He stepped up and scored Spurs second goal, sending the goalkeeper one way and slotting the other way.
Collins had a chance to equalize for Lyon but had his header punched above the bar by goalkeeper Eric. Yanick had a superb shot that hit the woodwork as Lyon pulled the pressure on Spurs.
The first half of the game ended 2-1 in favour of Spurs.
The second half began more promising for Lyon who had a series of opportunities but all went wide.
Lyon mounted the pressure for an equalizer but goalkeeper Eric was on-hand to save his side from their lapses in judgement. He had an excellent game with many of the saves he made saved his side from going down.
A lapse in judgement for Lyon saw them conceed a penalty, the second for the game. It was converted by Lateh Mbinglo, his second goal for the game.
Ngumbo who was clinical for his first goal then had his penalty save by goalkeeper Eric as his side Lyon looked to get a goal back.
Spurs then had their third penalty of the game. Clinton stepped up and scored the fourth goal, all but sealing their path to the final of the competition.
The first semi-final of the competition was watched by the tournament creator Njie Clinton and mother, Senator Mbella Moki Charles, D.O Abba Abdouraman, and other sports stakeholders and fans.
The winner of the tournament is expected to go home with FCFA 1 million, while the runner-up gets FCFA 600,000.
The competition takes a break for the Christmas festivities to resume on Sunday, December 27 with the third place game and the final of the competition.
The Njie Clinton end of year tournament features a football tournament, and various charity works from the Dynamo Moscow player. “It’s a way of giving back to my community and also to celebrate the end of the year with my fans that have been very supportive in my highs and lows,” Njie Clinton said in a press conference.
The second Semi-final comes up December 24 with Molyko and Bonduma (Olympique de Marseille) versus Mile 16, MUEA and Bomaka (Dynamo Moscow).
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