Cameroon – Enthralling Matchups As National Inter-pool Concludes This Weekend
The penultimate games of the 2021 national inter-pool played on Wednesday September 23 at the Bamendzi Municipal Stadium did not disappoint.
While the fate of some Elite Two title hopefuls was sealed, other clubs kept their chances open.
Gazelle FA maintained their winning run, becoming the first team to qualify for the second tier championship from pool B. The Garoua side secured their ticket after defeating FC Ebolowa 2-1 at the Bamendzi Municipal stadium on Wednesday.
Hadji Issa Moustapha scored a dramatic late goal as the northern champions topped group B unbeaten. Amadou Mahamat gave Gazelle FA the lead before Joseph Moussassa equalized, but could not avoid defeat for his team when Hadji netted the winner.
The defeat ended FC Ebolowa’s hopes. They face CPS of Bertoua in the last game for both teams on Friday.
CPS Bertoua vs FC Ebolowa
1. Gazelle FA-6ts (Promoted)
2. FC Ebolowa-0pts
3. CPS of Bertoua-0pts
Pool C: The Wait Goes On
Pool C will go down to the wire after Best Stars Academy of Limbe were held to a 1-1 draw by Riziere of Tonga.
Ferdinand Nyuyki had put his side ahead in the second half but the South West that devastating goal by Andre Mbarga.
The draw implies the winner of the group will be decided during the final day between Best Stars and Rangers FC of Bafut.
The fixture pitting Best Stars (South West) and Rangers FC (North West) has been described as a befitting final with both teams carrying the hopes of their respective regions.
Best Stars will be hoping to become the first club from the South West region to feature in league two since 2016. Meanwhile Rangers FC of Bafut are poised to gain promotion after the relegation of Foncha Street of Bamenda to the regional league.
Rangers FC vs Best Stars
1. Rangers FC-3pts
2. Best Stars-1pts
3. Riziere FC-1pts
Group A: Three clubs battle for one spot
Group A of the national playoffs is the only to feature 4 clubs. Day two matches were staged on September 21 in Limbe.
Of the four clubs, three are still in contention for the Elite Two spot. The race for the lone ticket took a new twist when Ecole de Football des Brasseries came from behind to beat Kohi FC 2-1.
A win for the Littoral based club in their next game against pool A leaders Lausanne could take them to the second tier league depending on the results from the other game between Les Amis FC and Kohi FC.
Lausanne FC on their part must win to keep their chances alive. But Les Amis FC could be a hindrance to their quest if they score more goals to finish with a better goal difference. They also hope Lausanne and EFBC drop points while they win theirs.
Lausanne FC vs EFBC
Les Ami FC vs Kohi FC
1. Lausanne FC-4pts
2. Les Amis FC-4pts
4. Kohi FC-0pts
By Beng Emmanuel