Phoenix and Tatecam Win on Debut

 

Of the six newly promoted side into the North West Regional  Second Division Championship this season, only Phoenix FC of Bali and Tatecam FC were good enough to start with a victory, following their 2 :1 and 1:0 win over fellow new comers Bang Bullets FC and Edusports FC respectively on Sunday.

Plying at the Bali Community Field, It took 86 anxious minutes of wait by the home fans before the deadlock was broken from the penalty spot by Clovis Dorbit. His goal send the over 1200 fans that turn out for the encounter running into the pitch to celebrate what  was evidently the winning goal.

Clovis Dorbit goal from the spot

Clovis Dorbit goal from the spot

After taking the lead barely 9 minutes into the game through Chia Emmanuel following a great build up from the left flang by Louis Kima and the same Chia Emmanuel, the visitors were quick to respond.

Captain Wuno Ferdinand of Bang BulletsFC of Nkambe rallied his troops with incisive passes that finally yield dividend when he put a through ball for the on rushing Jacob Giff to beat keeper Kanko Djonokom Elvis to level the score 8 minutes after.

The rest of the first half continued on the same tempo with both sides taking and missing chances of their own with Bang Bullets opting to defend and hit on the counter. Yet Phoenix was unwilling to take the initiative until the introduction of Kombe Hensley just before the quarter hour mark of the segment.

His stylish play coupled with beautiful incisive penetrations by Chia Emmanuel soon galvanized the home side and supporters. Gangteba Yannick and Bobga Elvis were doing all the manual work at the midfield as Phoenix continued to mount waves of attack on the visitors.

Doh Edmond remained a constant threat from the right side

Doh Edmond remained a constant threat from the right side

Despite this, Bang Bullets remained a constant threat and almost stole the show from the home fans at the 82nd minute when Wuno collected a loose ball at the midfield and sent Njang Romeo through who did everything right to place his shot some 20 metres away to the right of kanko. Already beaten at his near post, Kanko pulled an extra ordinary save to keep his side in the match.

Sensing danger, phoenix decided to go for the kill. At the 87th minute, Moussa received the ball just ahead of his maker and was about to pull the trigger when Ngang Romeo brought him down in the 18 yards resulting to a penalty that was transformed by Clovis Dorbit.

When the final whistle came, the fans went wild with celebration.

 

Reactions

Clovis Dorbit (scored winning goal)

We needed this victory to assure our fans and supporters to count on us. This is our first season in the championship and I believe we would be a force to reckon with. We didn’t expect our opponents to be this tough, but with quality players from Nigeria I am sure the championship would be a rough one to ride.

Koni Emmanuel Coach Bang Bullets

It was a difficult game and we came up against a tough side. They got an early goal but we were quick to respond but the fault resulting to the penalty from my position was not just, and I think the referee handed the victory to Phoenix. The return leg would be a different game and on a better pitch.

 

Other results

Mankon United 1-2 Rush FC Bali

Tatecam 1-0 Edu Sports

Rainbow FC 3-0 Wayout Academy

Metro Security 0-0 Kumbo strikers

Milano FC 0-2 Nkambe FC

Kilum Mountain FC 1-2 Ngoketunjia FC

Buio leopards 1-2 Bamenda FC

 

By Abongwa Fozo in Bali Genti Remy in Bamenda

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