By Beng Emmanuel
Louves Minproff were forced to settle for a goalless draw by title hopefuls AWA FC in an advance day 21 encounter of the Guiness Women Super League on Saturday.
The defending champions of the Women first division championship are now only one point clear nearest challengers AWA FC, but could drop to second if third place Amazon FAP-who have a game in hand- win their match.
Louves Minproff began the game brightly and went close to taking the lead through several combined efforts from Flora Kameni, Ngo Batoum and skipper Charlene Meyong.
Despite the multiple chances created, they lacked the required composure needed as Awa FC look so unlikely to concede with Marthes O. in between the sticks looking very confident.
Awa FC reversed the situation and began to impress the visitors. Although Louves Minproff were threatening upfront, their defensive vulnerability was too obvious. They only got lucky their rivals failed to pounce on those errors for the breakthrough.
Brenda Tabe was not on her usual best. The skilful striker laboured to carve out chances of her own, but she was frequently caught in the opponent’s offside trap. She was close from scoring her eight goals this season when her low strike was cleared off.
Louves Minproff improved after the break but rarely disturbed the opposing keeper like they did during the first half. They continued to mount pressure on the host and came close to scoring but Marthes O. produced some great saves to deny them from taking the lead.
Awa FC did not have the right scheme to offer any serious attacking threat to Louves Minproff but had the required resources to resist the quality of league leaders. They had two late opportunities to upset the defending champions but wasted these rare chances in inglorious fashion.
Progress for Louves Minproff despite draw
Louves Minproff were hoping to make a strong statement after being confirmed as Cameroon’s representatives at the inaugural CAF Women champions League by FECAFOOT.
They were also aiming to extend their lead at the top of the Guiness Women Super League, who’s title race is becoming so unpredictable. A win for the holders, should have taken them four points clear the top while waiting for a response from FAP of Yaounde.
Unfortunately, they ultimately got none of such plans today. But they can console themselves with the current top spot. Their slip-up against AWA FC is an indication that the title race this year is getting more exciting with FAP of Yaounde eyeing the trophy.
It is however progress for a team that are seeking another championship title. However, with growing interest from FAP and AWA, Louves must avoid another slip-up of this type to attain their objectives this season.
Louves Minproff held to frustrating stalemate by AWA FC
By Beng Emmanuel