National Polytechnic of Bambui oozed a sign of relief after its 1-0 victory over Avion FC of Nkamin a late day 10 game of the MTN elite two championship.
In a match initially programmed at 3:30pm but which finally started an hour earlier (2:30pm) due to security reasons and the prevailing curfew in the city of Bamenda, the hundreds of fans who made it to the YOSA stadium went home with broad smiles.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t an easy encounter for coach Festus Kouaban and his boys who before this encounter were lagging behind as last position on the league table.
Avion of Nkam dominated the first half of the game but Bekolo Daniel and Temga Rogermissed several goal opportunities, always trying to dribble their opponents right into the penalty box.
Another moment fright for National came at the 44th minute when Temga Roger stumbled into the penalty box but referee didn’t give in.
After the recess, National progressively took mesure of the game and the coming on the pitch of substitute Gilles Emmanu at the 55th minute will radically change the course of the game. At the 70th minute Gilles Emmanu got the curtain raiser through a powerful header from a cross that came in at the far right angle.
Avion FC will suffer from the absence of left back Erume Gael, who sustained a major injury and was taken away by an ambulance to the nearest hospital. Avion FC will take much time before substituting the injured player and it’s in the course of this absence that they suffered a lone goal of the day; Boisterous President Batamack of Avion FC would put the blame on his coaches, accusing the latter of incompetence.
Galvanise by this goal,National Polytechnic will hold on till the blast of the final whistle. The Mile 6 club records 3 precious point and moves a step away from the relegation zone at the 12th position with 8 points.
In other matches,
Cosmos 0-0 Racing
Bang Bullet 2-0 Dynamo
PWD 2- 1 Matelot
Panthere 0 – 1 As Etoa Meki
Renaissance 0-0 TKC
Lion Blesse 2-1 Ngounderee University