Cameroon

Elite one: PWD vs Stade Renard, Match guide

Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com


Cameroon league one champions, PWD of Bamenda will this Tuesday November 10, 2020, play host to Stade Renard of Melong, in the League’s opener for the 2020_2021 football season. The game is scheduled for the YOSA Stadium in Mile six Nkwen, Bamenda.

THE STAKES

PWD of Bamenda will be playing their first competitive game game since March 11, 2020, when they defeated Union Sportive of Douala 2#1 at the Limbe Middle Farm stadium, to win the league one title. The Abakwa Boys would want to start the new football season just the way they ended the previous campaign.

The icing on the cake is the fact that PWD will be receiving their 2019_2020 league winners trophy, during the game against Stade Renard. David Pagou and his boys will be out on a mission to avoid defeat and pick up a win, in order not to spoil what will be the first ever league one title celebration the North West region has ever witnessed.

PREVIOUS RECORDS

It will be just the second time both sides are meeting in the top flight. Last season, PWD held Stade Renard to a one all draw in Melong on Sunday 12 January, 2020, thanks to a goal from Leon Boyomo. Both sides could not meet again in the return leg that was programmed in Bamenda, as the league ended abruptly, due to the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Both sides have been very active in the transfer market. A couple of players will be making their competitive debuts for both clubs.

For PWD of Bamenda, all eyes will be on Goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido, who is arguably the club’s best signing of the transfer market. The former Dragon, Astres, Unisport and club Industriel Kamsar safe hands, will like start within the sticks for the Abakwa Boys.

Vincent Paul Ngondi, Mohammed Aboubakar, Hamzat Ibrahim Onotu, Moluh Mohammed, Tchaoua Leger, Enyegue François and Emmanuel Samuel, all newly acquired, have been included in the match day squad and are in contention for a place in David Pagou’s starting XI. Perhaps the old brooms will play a vital role in helping the new comers withstand the pressure from the home crowd. Ndeh Collins, Burinyuy Derrick, Boung Joel Ondoa, Maël Dindjeke, Mbah Louiz and co, are definitely the backbone of the Abakwa Boys.

Let’s talk Stade Renard of Melong. The club from the Mungo Division is out for serious business. Kooh Jules, Serge Wohting, Armand Georges Bikele, and Fabrice Onana, are amongst the newly acquired players for the team and their experience is going to be a plus for the Melong Outfit.

THE COACHES

Coach David Pagou led PWD to their first ever league triumph in the club’s 58_year history. He penned a contract extension with the club in June, and will be aiming to replicate his exploits of last season.

Coach Gabriel Zabo is the man in charge for Stade Renard. The experience tactician joined the club from Colombe, where he had a fantastic ride last season. The former AS Matelots man is largely considered as one of the best tacticians in the country.

UNSURE FOR TUESDAY

PWD of Bamenda is like to be without Nchindo John Bosco and Basile Yamkam who are all in camp with Cameroon’s intermediate lions. Nchindo scored five goals and provided eight assist for the Abakwa Boys last term, while Yamkam was at his near perfect form, in David Pagou’s back three.

For Stade Renard, Goalkeeper Epane Epane Letizi and newly acquired forward, Francis Elimbi, are also camping with the intermediate lions and are doubtful for Tuesday’s showdown.

PWD has had a near perfect preseason, during they played 12 friendly games, recording six wins, three draws, three defeats, 25 Goals Scored and 13 conceded.

So take the rendezvous this Tuesday November 10, at the YOSA Stadium in Mile six Nkwen, as from 2:30pm.

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Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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