Yaounde II have shrugged off the “cup team” tag for now, but not in the way they would have wanted. The visitor will have to seek fulfilment elsewhere after a defeat that showed up the fragility of their reserves to an extent that should concern for coach Bilong Pierre
Aigle Royal de La Menua fully merited their win on the strength of a dominant first half and an effective late rearguard action; they will probably face a league one side in the second round and should feel confident of a strong run in this competition if they continue to treat it with the seriousness shown in the Douala Reunification Stadium
While both teams sought to press from the front it was the home side that did so with genuine cohesion and understanding. Their hustle was a constant hindrance to Yaounde II before the interval and it directly brought about the winning goal, which arrived in the 45th minute and ensured an unhappy ending for coach Bilong Pierre
They wrested possession when Ebonge Cedrick, excellent throughout, and Kylan Gerard hunted down Yaounde II right-back position. The ball was quickly shuttled across to Kylan Gerard who brilliantly controlled the ball in the 18 yards and a left-foot finish gave Aigle Royal the advantage just before the break.
While Yaounde II stepped up the tempo in the second half after introducing fresh legs. All attempt to equalize proved abortive as they carved out only one real opportunity to equalise
The win for Aigle Royal de La Menua mean they will play in the round of 16 and The biggest preoccupation for coach Roger Constantin will be to make sure the players who ran through brick walls this time can repeat the trick in the test round.