Football Playoffs: Ums Of Loum Top League One, Leopard Of Douala Top League Two
The second day of play of the Cameroon Professional Football League playoffs produced palpitating results in both Leagues as the Clubs continue to battle either for a continental place or promotion into the superior League. The relegation battle is also fierce in both Championships.
In the League One Football Playoffs this year, there are two categories: one aiming for the Championship title and consequently a place in the CAF Champions League for the 2019/2020 season. These teams include; UMS of Loum, Coton Sport of Garoua, Dragon of Yaounde, Apejes of Mfou, Stade Renard of Melong and Feutcheu FC of Bandjoun. On the other hand, the clubs who played their football in the top tier this year are fighting for their survival as relegation into the second tier is threatening. They include; PWD of Bamenda, Union Sportive of Douala, Astres FC of Douala, Fovu FC of Baham, Unisport of Bafang and New Stars of Douala.
On Saturday, 18th May, 2019, UMS of Loum gets a late winner against their Divisional rivals of the Mungo, Stade Renard of Melong (1-0) at the Yaounde Military Stadium. This victory takes them to the top of the chart. On Sunday, May 19th, Cotton Sport of Garoua share spoils with Apejes of Mfou at the Yaounde Omnisport Annex Number One Stadium (1-1). At the same time, Dragon FC of Yaounde get a late goal to clinch all three points against Feutcheu FC of Bandjoun (1-0) at the Yaounde Military Stadium.
Standings after the 2nd Day of Play
UMS of Loum – 6 points
Coton Sport of Garoua- 4 points
Dragon FC of Yaounde – 3 points
Apejes of Mfou – 2 points
Stade Renard of Melong – 1 point
Feutcheu FC of Bandjoun – 0 point
At the bottom, Fovu of Baham beat New Stars of Douala (2-1) at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium. Union Sportive of Douala beat their Littoral rivals, Astres of Douala (1-0) at the Limbe Middle Farm Stadium. Unisport of Bafang and PWD of Bamenda separate on a virgin tie (0-0) at the Limbe Centenary Stadium.
Standings after 2nd Day Playoffs (Relegation)
PWD of Bamenda – 4 points
Union Sportive of Douala – 3 points
Astres of Douala – 3 points
Fovu of Baham – 3 points
Unisport of Bafang – 1 point
New Stars of Douala – 0 point
Late Day One Fixture
Unisport of Bafang Vs Union Sportive of Douala this Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019.
The League Two was also entertaining. For those playing for the top spot and subsequently playing in the top tier next season, the following results were registered over the weekend; Panthère of Nde and Bamboutos of Mbouda separated on a 1-1 tie at the Yaounde Military Stadium on Saturday. Leopard of Douala beat Renaissance of Ngoumou (1-0) at the Yaounde Omnisport Annex Number One Stadium on Sunday. Canon Sportive of Yaounde thrashed FAP of Yaounde (3-0) at the Yaounde Military Stadium.
Standings after the 2nd Day of Playoffs
Leopard of Douala – 6 points
Panthère of Nde – 4 points
Canon Sportive of Yaounde – 3 points
Renaissance of Ngoumou – 3 points
Bamboutos of Mbouda – 1 point
AS FAP – 0 point
At the League Two bottom where relegation is threatening, AS Etoa Meki of Yaoundeand Lion Blessé of Foutouni separated on a virgin tie (0-0) at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium on Sunday. Yafoot FC of Yaounde beat Dynamo FC of Douala (2-0) at the Limbe Middle Farm Stadium on Sunday. At the Centenary Stadium in Limbe still on Sunday, Aigle Royale of Menoua beat Bang Bullet FC of Nkambe (2-1).
Standings after the 2nd Day of Playoffs (Relegation)
Aigle Royale of Menoua – 4 points
Yafoot FC of Yaounde – 4 points
Lion Blessé of Foutouni – 2 points
AS Etoa Meki of Yaounde – 2 points
Bang Bullet FC of Nkambe – 1 point
Dynamo FC of Douala – 1 point
It should be noted that it is the first time in the history of Cameroon football that the Championship title and Relegations are decided through playoffs. While Coton Sport of Garoua are struggling to retain their Championship title won last year, New Stars of Douala who tasted continental football last year might be relegated to the second tier next season.
Isaac Ngong Kum