It was a question of how well Panthere will fare without Egyptian trainer Abdel, who prepared them for the season, while coach Dieudonné Nke was meant to survive with a completely different team. Eric Joel Nitche being the lone surviving player from last season..
Former Buea United captain Jimmy Njokan was on the losing end of his Elite One debut which did not turn out to be his dream start to life in the big time with 2019 Elite One champions UMS.
Jimmy and center-half partner Rodric Chelton had a complete blinder of a game, and couldn’t fit into the big boots left by Bertin Ngemaleu and Landry Cedric Njomo.
Well, one man’s misfortune is another’s delight. Makeshift captain on the afternoon for Panthere – David Kokolome was the star of the game, netting a brace.
After the game ended, Kokolome told mysoccer24.com: “It wasn’t easy. We were up against a well balanced team.”
The forward then went on to tell us how motivated the armband made him: “the armband motivated me. It made me go the extra mile to show my team that they can always count on me,” the 2019 Elite Two winner ended.
The win looks a great deal already for Panthere Sportive lodged in group B alongside other strong contenders.