Cup of Cameroon 2021: End of the Road for Lower-tier Clubs
Three teams have already picked up semi-final tickets of this year’s Cup of Cameroon. They are Union Sportive of Douala, Les Astres and Coton Sport of Garoua.
During the quarter-final games played on Sunday 4 July 2021, the only amateur sides still battling, Options sports and AS Dibamba were butted out of the race.
One more slot is up for grasps. Djiko FC and Avion Academy will clash this Monday at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo. The winner will set up the last quarterfinal fixture with standby PWD Bamenda.
Coton Sport 2, Racing 1
Six-time Cup champions Coton Sport produced a commanding second half display and scored twice to beat Racing of Bafoussam 2-1 in an entertaining clash at the Bertoua Municipal stadium.
Baliang Francis put the League One giants ahead after converting from the penalty spot. Coton Sport’s in-form striker Gueme Araina headed home the second to double their advantage. The 22-year-old has now scored 19 goals in 24 games.
Racing, who could not cope with pressure and intensity from their rivals, dug deep to level scores in vain. Nga Ayissi pulled one back but failed to inspire Racing to a late comeback.
Union of Douala vs. AS Dibamba
At the Reunification Stadium Annex No. One, Union Sportive of Douala beat AS Dibamba aka les Galactiques de Japoma two-zero. Union emerged victorious from the thrilling Littoral derby, reaching the semi-final for the first time in fifteen years.
Former Under-17 Lions’ striker Seidou Ismael opened scores for the Nassaras Gamakai, before Belibi Marie sealed things up with a late winner.
Les Verts et Blancs will face the winner of the quarter-final game between PWD of Bamenda versus the winner between Djiko FC and Avion Academy.
Astres vs. Option Sport Academy
Mbang Symplice netted the winner as 10-man Les Astres narrowly edged South West amateur outfit Option Sport Academy of Limbe one nil. It was the second encounter of the day at the Reunification Stadium Annex No. One Douala.
Talking to Option Sport Academy media team, club owner, Neba Henry Awantoh, said “It’s a big disappointment for all of us. The belief in this team was absolutely there. But in games like this, it’s crucial to consistently take advantage of the few chances you have.”
“We’ll keep our heads up, and we will come back stronger,” Neba added.
The Brazilians of Bepanda have thus taken a significant step to ending their title drought. With favourites Coton Sport being their semi-final opponents, Les Astres are faced with an uphill task. They have to triple their performance when the battle line is drawn in a couple of days.
The Bepanda side lastly made the last four of the competition in 2010. They were runners-up in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
By Beng Emmanuel