CAF CL: Fovu Club Succumb to Angolan Bête Noire in Preliminaries
Cameroon League One outfit Fovu de Baham have been eliminated from the CAF Champions League by Petro Atletico of Luanda. Despite returning to the inter-club competition for the first in 21 years, Angolans showed the Cameroonians no mercy.
Fovu were knocked out on the away-goal rule following a goalless return leg draw in Luanda. Both teams had settled for a two-two draw in the first leg in Yaounde.
The two-time Cameroon Cup winners jeopardized their chances by conceding two goals at home. They managed to avoid defeat when Stephane Ikpeme came off and headed a dramatic stoppage time equalizer.
It is the second time Fovu Club are failing to reach the group stage of the CAF Champions League since making their debut in 2001. It is also the second successive time they are falling at the hands of Petro Atletico at this stage of the competition.
Worst still, they have yet to win a game in the CAF Champions League. So far they have played four times registering three draws and a defeat.
Their exit implies no Cameroonian club has managed to reach the group phase of the competition since Coton Sport in 2017.
As Fovu club leave the CAF Champions League with tails between their legs, attention is henceforth tilted toward the country’s lone saviours, Coton Sport de Garoua. The 2021 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists face Gabon’s AS MangaSport in the second preliminary round of the same tournament.
The first leg is slated for October 15, 2021. The return leg will be staged seven days later in Cameroon.
By Beng Emmanuel