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Eto’s stoppage time winner helps Amazon FAP regain top spot

• Naomi Ndjoah Eto’s last gasp winner against Eclair FF helped Amazon FAP return to winning ways.

By Beng Emmanuel

Naomi Ndjoah Eto came off the bench and scored a dramatic injury time winner as Amazon FAP beat Eclaire de Sa’a 2-1 to regain their lead at the top of the Guiness Women’s Super League in an advance match day 10 game on Wednesday.

The current league leaders are back to winning ways after losing to Louves Minproff last week raising huge concern on the team’s quest to dethrone their arch-rivals for the title. 

Catherine Mbomozono tapped-in from Mana Lamine inch-perfect cross to give Amazon FAP the lead but Kome Fatima curled a superb strike in the second half to level scores. The game was at the verge of ending before Naomi Ndjoah Eto rounded up the scoring for a win. 

But the victory never came easy. Despite dominating possession, Amazon FAP were frequently opened up at the back with Eclaire able to build their game from series of well-coordinated passes in the midfield.

But it was Amazon FAP who deservedly took the lead when Mana Lamine combined with Catherine Mbomozomo to open the scoring. The midfielder had the chance to hit a first half brace, but her well taken strike drove straight at the keeper. 

Catherine Mbengono missed the chance to score her eleventh goal of the season and double FAP’s advantage before the break when she saw her penalty kick saved by Michaely Bihina before the rebound was chased away. 

Eclair returned to form during the second half and provided plenty of energy in the game. They needed to provide a response after trailing in the first half which they eventually did. 

Kome Fatima produced an emphatic display and ease past Amazon defender’s before she curled the ball to the edge of the post for the equalizer. Roared by an exciting crowd, Éclair football Filles de Sa’a showed huge endeavours to stun their rivals, although they were held at arm’s length until the dying moments of the game which saw their hopes drown. 

Catherine Mbengono sent in a low cross which went past her team mates unexploited before Naomi Ndjoah Eto needed just to tap in to secure victory for the team with almost the last kick of the game. 

The head coach of Amazon FAP Josephine Ndoumou Mike has admitted that her side lacked quality but was pleased with the results which compensates for last week’s defeat. 

“It was a difficult game. The girls are tired after facing Louves last week and their fitness level in this game wasn’t assured. Some of our players are with the national team, so when they come back we have to redouble efforts with them,” Josephine Ndoumou Mike told journalists. 

“I am satisfied with the win but we had many mistakes. We will take the three points from the game nevertheless. I told you there will be lot of surprises in the championship. We haven’t given up yet,” she added. 

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