Eding sports of the Lekie and Yong sports Academy of Bamenda will step into the green turf of the Yaoundé military Stadium this Saturday 02nd February, 2019 for the opener of the 2018/2019 league one season for the 7th meeting between both sides in the top tier championship.
Head to Head
The last six clashes between the two sides in the top flight have seen Eding Sport going away with two wins, while YOSA has managed just one win over Eding, with three other games ending on parity.
The first ever clash between the two side’s dates back to April 27, 2016, during Eding’s maiden campaign in the top tier. That encounter ended 1=1, and the two teams again share the spoils in the return fixture on match day 31 on August 21, 2016, playing a virgin tie.
In the 2017 season, YOSA humbled Eding 1 nil in Bamenda on match day 6, before travelling to Yaoundé to play a zero all tie with Eding, though Eding went ahead to win the league that year.
The 2018 football season saw Eding sport imposed their hegemony over YOSA, beating YOSA 1=0 at the CAF center for Excellence in Mbankomo on match day 16 thanks to Christian Emmanuel Nguidjol, before ending YOSA’s 15 match unbeaten home run, snatching a narrow 1=0 victory in Bamenda on match day 29 thanks to young Horphet Djotsi. Despite beating YOSA home and away in the 2018 season, Eding still ended the season two places behind the Bamenda boys.
The 2018 league season did not go as plan for Eding sports, who failed to defend the crown they won in 2017. Eding sports managed just 11 wins in 34 league games, recording 13 draws (just 4 shy of YOSA), and suffering defeats on 10 occasions. The 46 points picked up by Eding could only help them to an 8th place finish, with a defense the shipped home 35 goals and their attackers finding the back of the opponents net 37 times.
Eding however created sensation, winning the Cameroon cup, knocking out two former champions, New Stars and Cotonsport on their way to Glory.
It was a near disastrous 2018 season for Yong sports academy, as they missed out on a continental spot, after finishing 6th with 47 points. The Bamenda Academicians had the best defense in the league with only 15 goals conceded in 34 games, but their attackers could not help matters for them, as they managed just 20 goals throughout the season. These coupled with their 17 draws and 7 defeats, means the 10 wins they recorded, could not help matters for the boys of Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso. YOSA’s 2018 campaign went from bad to worse, with their premature exit from the Cameroon cup.
Players to watch
Eding sport can rely on the ever present goalkeeper Ze Tolo Landry, who is increasingly becoming favourite to start between the sticks, though he faces competition from former Apejes shot stopper now in the books of Eding,Janvier Cyni
PWD midfielder, Michael Song and Young Christian Emmanuel Nguidjol.
The experience of former Ballon D’or Alphonse Marie Tiencheu, will be vital in Edings defense with the likes of Junior Njoufack Brandon and Alain EYENGA.
YOSA on their part may offer Ndiforchu Blaise, his debut in the top tier, since he completed his sensational move from amateur side, EEMSA of Tiko, to the yellow and greens of Bamenda.
Yves Allan Dooh Moukoko and Adu Wum Elvis, shielded to the left by Billy Samin and Cameroon International,Mbong Lionel.
The midfield battle might decide the game, with Eding’s Skipper, Stephane Meyoupo going face to face against his former employers. He will also benefit from the cover of U23 lions Pierre Ramses Akono. This will be met with the likes of Randy Ntume Nkwalar, Eric Toko Toko and Yindui Fuashi Bouba, on the side of YOSA.
Ashu Tambe Clevis will be the man to watch out for in YOSA’s attack, as the former Njalla Quan, Union, Cotonsport,New Stars and Feutcheu man is poised to be amongst the top scorers this season.
History of the clubs
Created in 2004 by the late Bobe Yong Francis, YOSA got qualification to the top tier in 2009 and won the Cameroon cup in December 2013.Therefore it’s YOSA’s 10th season in the top flight.
Eding sports is 8 years younger than YOSA. Founded in 2012 Eding has won the elite one in 2017 and the Cameroon cup in 2018.
The Yaoundé military stadium is one of the best football Arenas the country can boast of, with its natural turf. Eding played most of their games last term in the synthetic turf of the CAF center for excellence in Mbankomo, while YOSA’s home ground is near sandy. However, the two sides have had a taste of the Yaoundé military stadium at least once last season.