YOSA: Nkabyo Martin’s in-depth evaluation of his team’s readiness

Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

The head coach of Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, Nkabyo Martin says he is satisfied with his team’s preparedness for the upcoming football season.

YOSA has continued to fine tune preparations at the Big Mankon Catholic School field, with the kick-off of the Cameroon league one championship expected in the days ahead.

“The bulk of the has been trying to get the players in a good physical shape. We just started orientating the team tactically and technically, given the fact that we have some new elements that have come in and so have to change our tactical animation. We started the job two weeks ago and the good thing is that the players have been very receptive, hardworking and they are progressing everyday. I think physically am satisfied with what I’m seeing right now”, Coach Nkabyo Martin told when asked about his team’s readiness.

The coach continued;
“Even though we are just at 30 percent but we are going to get better as the competition unfolds, because matches can also help us improve physically. Generally if the Championship is to begin today, we are well prepared to play, though not yet at 100 percent. We are impatient to start”.

New acquisitions have YOSA’s mindset

YOSA has recently brought in the likes of Joel Etogue, Gael Noukeu, Adoum Defallah amongst others. According to coach Nkabyo Martin, the blend of youthful exuberance and experience, brings balance to the team, and lays a good foundation for the future.

“They bring in maturity and experience that we did not have last year to manage certain situations. We badly needed this experience to guide the youngsters in the squad and we are hoping that they are going to help these young players progress. They will also bring in technical and tactical quality and give us squad depth because we are going have more matches this season. We also think they also have the right mindset that fit our project and we are satisfied with what we have right now”.


Tongua Armel’s indelible mark

Tongua Armel was YOSA’s top scorer last season with nine goals.

YOSA is going to be without the club’s top scorer last season, Tongua Armel, who left for Sweden. Thierry Rolland Ngalle, Tegemo Emmanuel and Petit Fils Djamen also left.

“You don’t lose a player like Tongua Armel and you are not going to regret. He was not only a very good striker, but he was also a very good human being, away from the football field, he was somebody who was very easy to live with. We miss his presence and the quality he brings to our squad, but now we are Happy also that he is moving ahead with his studies and football career. He remains somebody who is very dear to our team. We are praying for him and we are in contact with him always”.

Yong Sports Academy were supposed to play regional rivals PWD in a friendly game on Sunday November 01, but the game has been cancelled.


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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