Elite One: YOSA Still to Find Form

Yong Sport Academy’s difficult and slow start to the season still continues despite a virgin tie recorded away in Yaoundé against Apejes of Mfou yesterday, in a match counting for the 11th day of play in the championship. This was the second back-to-back draw by YOSA, after they had to come from behind at home to pull level with Racing FC of Bafoussam.

The result leaves the Bamenda boys not far-off the drop zone on 13 points and at the 11 spot on the log. YOSA’s records shows they have won only three of their games played this far, drawing four and losing four. The team’s striker, Festus Nkwenti attributed this to the suspension of their home ground suffered at the start of the season where they had to play three home games away in Buea and Limbe, winning only one and losing two. Since regaining their home ground, the team has picked up a total of 7 points from a possible 9, statistics that vindicate Festus assertion.

Before the Yaounde trip, Festus speaking on a local radio, City FM Radio, in Bamenda said “we have improved a lot and I can assure you we are going to Yaounde to win or to come back with a draw. I can assure the fans were are not going to lose”

Many of the diehard fans of the club are still to be convinced with the performance of the team and are yet to see some of the entertaining football the team exhibited last term. Nji Marcel left the team’s last game against Racing furious with the team official whom he blamed for not fielding the right players. He questioned why a player like Kwenti popularly known as shabalala was only used as a substitute and when further to asked coach Ndumbe Bosso to step aside.

When I asked Shabalala after the match whether he thinks if he started the game, the outcome would have been different since his introduction in the second half led to the equalizer, he was rather defensive of his coach and instead asked the fans to behave in a professional manner.

“No no no, am not a super player you understand. All of us are players, today was not their day, I merely came in at the right time and I did the right job… the coach did the right thing in the first lineup….I think our fans need to be responsible, we are where we are due to the suspension of this field and if they disturb again they would ban this field, let aspect of poor officiating be left in the hands of the league”

The team according to the head Coach Ndumbe Bosso has consideraby improved on its man power to that of last year with a player like the sensational Quincy Binzi from the Central African Republic brought in from Bamboutos of Mbouda, Alexandre Nsangue, Roland Thiery Ngalle and Mengaptche Ngansop are also amongst some of the new names. The team parted company with its tallismatic captain Kongyuy Jude who now plays for Feutcheu FC.

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YOSA will remain in Yaoundé to challenge the Mekok Megonda, Canon Sportive of Yaoundé on day 12 before returning home to face Bamboutos of Mbouda, one of their greatest rivals in the league at the Ntenefor Mile Six play ground. Yong Sport it should be recalled has not a single match at home on Saturday or Sunday, depriving the team of some of its supporters would find it difficult attending matches on Wednesday or Thursday.

By Abongwa Fozo

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