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Elite One Roundup: Yosa wins as Canon sinks

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Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda has beaten Colombe of the South by 2-0 this afternoon to keep their hopes of a top three finish alive. But the win also means Colombe of the South remains in the drop zone, eight points away from safety. Yong Sports gains 5 places on the log to 3rd spot on 36 points.

Yosa’s captain, Awono Junior lived up to expectation with two goals at the 10th minute from a dead ball just outside the box  and at the 47th minute when he slammed in a thunderbolt after being nicely set up by Ngombe Tombe.

Elsewhere, Canon’s woes continue to mount as they firmly remain rooted inside the relegation zone. This follows today’s defeat to the current league leaders, Eding Sport of Lekie by zero-to-two. The result leaves one of Cameroon’s most celebrated clubs six points away from safety with only 10 days of play to go. Officials of the Mekok Megunda have planned a crisis meeting for next weekend as they look for ways to resolve the eternal crisis rocking the team. Also in trouble waters is Lion Blesse that continue to cling to the bottom of the league placing. Despite recent wins against Eding Sport and Yosa, they have been unable to shake of the rags of relegation that has found a permanent host in them.

Eding Sport on the other hand reclaims top spot on 43 points, with only Cotonsport (three delay matches in hand) able to catch them. The team from the suburbs of Yaoundé that emerged champions of the symbolic away phase in its first season in the top flight had lost steam, suffering two defeats to Feutchue and Lion Blesse. This has been quickly turned aside, and Eding can once more gloat at the top for the time being.

Closing the gap behind Eding Sport is another Yaounde outfit, Apejes of Mfou that grounded Feutcheu FC to a 4-1 win to reach 40 points. They lead the chasing pack made of Yosa (36 pts), UMS (35pts), Cotonsport, Stade Renard, Dragon of Yaounde and Feutchue FC (34pts each) that continue to hope for a place on the podium.

In limbo, still uncertain of which way destiny may drag them are New Stars and Bamboutos (32 pts each), Union Douala (30), Unisport, Aigle, Les Astres and Racing on 28 points each.

It may still be too early to pull the curtains over the league. With 30 points up for grab, no team is yet mathematically safe or relegated. But with 24 games played already, it’s increasingly becoming clear what the ambitions of the 18 teams are, to reach the podium, or avoid relegation. The survival line is 38 points judging from previous championships. This will mean Canon winning at least 5 matches and drawing two or Lion Blesse wining at least six and drawing one of their remaining 10 matches. None of the bottom three teams have won more than five matches since the start of the championship (Canon 4, Colombe 5, Lion Blesse 3), indicating that it may be mission impossible.

This final 10 days of the championship may also mean survival is no longer assured from the green turf, but from the board room where some of the teams have learned to prevail. The hit may also be passed on the referees who may finally hold the key to survival of some of these teams. News Star’s remarkable escape was thanks to five points awarded them by the Discipline and homologation committee of the league. Since then the team has stage a series of spectacular results to escape from the gravity of relegation. From e very indication, the remaining days hold a lot to deliver in terms of drama by the men in black and desperate team presidents and the action on the pitch.

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By Abongwa Fozo

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