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L1 Title Decider: Familiar Winners to Clash With Worthy Challengers

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L1 Title Decider: Familiar Winners to Clash With Worthy Challengers

Isifu Wirfengla
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Apejes of Mfou have one last massive hurdle before they can claim their first-ever championship title. That of beating 15-time record winners Coton Sport in the title-deciding clash to take place on Wednesday in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala.   

There would have been no better way to conclude a topsy-turvy season than with a probable thrilling final between two of the championship’s top teams.  Coton Sport look to win their sixteenth crown but face the fierce challenge of Apejes who have never lifted the trophy since inception 15 years ago.

This year, Coton Sport have played 19 games winning 10, drawing five and losing four. The Garoua side have scored 32 goals so far, conceding just 13.

Coach Souleymanou Aboubakar’s side will spare no aggression in their bid to reclaim glory as they had gone from losing the league title to UMS of Loum and PWD of Bamenda in previous years. The cotonites surely need a consolation given their exit at last season’s semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup and the shocking elimination from the Cup of Cameroon semi-final by Astres of Douala.

On their part, president Léon Aimé Zang’s Apejes, who boast only of a single Cup of Cameroon trophy throughout their existence, enjoyed a good run to this year’s league final. In 19 games played, coach Ndongo Ema and his boys won eight, drew eight and lost five. They netted 20 goals and picked the ball from the back of the net 18 times.

Wednesday’s clash at the Japoma Annex will be the clubs’ third meeting this year. In the first leg, Apejes lost in Garoua zero to two. But went on to make amends, serving the northerners a one-nil defeat when they came to the Centre for the return leg. Both clubs’ impressive performances earned them the top two spots in pool B with Coton Sport sitting above with 32 points, five clear of rivals Apejes.

Coton Sport were almost stunned in the semi-final of the title playoff by pool A runners-up Fovu Club. However, the woes of Fovu, who had just been eliminated from the preliminaries of the CAF Champions League, continued as they lost on post-match penalties. On the flipside, Apejes dismissed AS Fortuna two-one to set up the crucial fixture against Coton Sport.  

Though Coton Sport have scored at least once in all their games this campaign, that Apejes have also shown signs they can unlock any defense, injects more stakes and suspense into tomorrow’s encounter.

By Beng Emmanuel

Isifu Wirfengla
Isifu Wirfengla

Isifu Michael WIRFENGLA is holder of a Bsc. in Journalism. He has five years of broadcast experience. Apart from freelance/sports reporting, he is a practising/trained football Referee in Cameroon and Communicator for the Ministry of Justice in Yaounde.

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