Elite One: Njalla Quan Relegated, Canon battles for Survival

Team yosa lined up to commute with fans ahead of match against New stars

Team yosa lined up to commute with fans ahead of match against New stars

With one more playing day to the end of the 2015 National Elite one championship, the competition seems to have delivered two of the six verdicts expected from it. Tonnere Kalara Club of Yaounde as earlier confirmed would play in the Elite Two next season and yesterday, Njalla Quand’s home 2-3 defeat to another struggling side, UMS of Loum confirmed their status as an Elite Two side next season.

The third verdict still expected at the bottom is which team amongst Canon of Sportif of  Yaounde (37 points), Lion Blesse of Fotouni (39), UMS of Loum (39), Cosmos of the Mbam (40) and Fovu Club of Baham on 40 points as well, will join Tonnerre and Njalla Quand into the inferior league. The last day of play this Sunday is expected to generate some extreme heat with every team to paddle their canoe while the crazy football public awaits the identity of this team.

Canon travels to Bafia at the Ayem stadium to confront Cosmos de Jesus of the Mbam that needs only a draw to confirm their elite one status and consequently seal Canon’s fate. Would the mighty Canon fall alongside their cousin Tonnere in the same season? Much is expected from both teams as the outcome of this game has the greatest bearing as to who finally stays or drop.

Elsewhere, USM of Loum entertains Fovu of Baham in a do or die encounter. Whoever wins in Njombe-Penja is guarantee top flight football next season. A draw will suit Fovu, and may still save UMS if results in Bafia favour them. Taking chances here is certainly not on the cards

In Bafang Lion Blesse welcomes already condemned Tonnere who may arrive with a mission to rescue their Cousin Canon, or better still sink them.  The wounded Lions of Bafang know a win is within their reach to save their season. No complacency is expected on their part.

 None of these teams will want their chickens to come home to roost, giving that goal differences on the last day of play could be just what will make the difference. There may be no remedy for that on day 34, and that may let to some of these teams ruing their chances squandered earlier on in the championship.

The remaining three verdicts will be delivered at the top as to who is champion, runners up and the third spot that opens up to the CAF Confederations Cup. Involved in the final sprint are four candidates, the question is who will be champion and who amongst these teams will drop out of the top three?

Coton Sport of Garoua has their destiny firmly printed in their hands. A win at the Garoua Roumd Ajia fortress will crown them champion for the second year in a row. But their opponent is no other but 4th placed Botafogo of Douala who could still emerge 2nd with a victory in the mythic Garoua stadium, hoping that results ese where go in their favour.

While the first and fourth will sweat it out in Garoua, a similar drama  will be staged at the Douala Reunification stadium as Union  Sportive (2nd) and New Stars (3rd ) on 60 and 57 points respectively clash with a hope of un-sitting both Coton Sport and Botafogo from their coveted 1st and 2nd spot.

Whatever the case, many Cameroonians will want to see the best win to give Cameroon a honourable representation on the continental scene.

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By Abongwa Fozo

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