By Beng Emmanuel
Cameroon’s Under-17 men’s selection of Cameroon came from two-nil down to beat APEJES of Mfou’s youth selection 4-3 on Wednesday at the Ahmadou Ahidjou Annex Stadium during a farewell encounter, before their departure to Morocco for the Under-17 African Cup of Nations.
The win extends the team’s winning run to eight games as the two time winners, continue preparations for the upcoming Under-17 African cup of Nations scheduled to take place this month.
The Under-17 Afcon bound had a difficult beginning contrary to their rivals who began the entertaining clash on the high, scoring two early goals through Yene Arthur and Atemengue-who were both very decisive. Despite being almost undone after conceding twice, the Lions rose from their debacle start and levelled before the break with Pagning Yamendjeu hitting a brace.
But APEJES of Mfou greatly improved upon resumption for the second half and grew in strength causing the Under-17 Lions defence commit silly errors much to the frustration of the technical staff, who were literally uneasy and worried on the bench. It didn’t take long before they succumbed to pressure when super-sub Nkoulou powered in a third at the far edge of the post, beyond the reach of Ning Che Bong who stretched-out to produce a save.
The Under-17 Lions of Cameroon returned to form and gained momentum to enable them secure a much desired win and maintain their winning run. Mbele Mvongo put both sides level on terms after a defensive blunder from APEJES of Mfou’s youth team at the 75th minute, while Sarwissi Koye headed home a corner kick about five minutes later to complete the comeback.
Cameroon’s Under-17 Lions have recorded an impressive seven wins in eight warm-up games with just a single draw. They have scored an incredible 26 goals in total during their warm-up games.
The reigning Under-17 African Cup of Nations winner are poised to defend their title at the youth continental tournament which will run from March 13 to 31, 2021 in Morocco.
Cameroon will face fellow two time winners Mali, Senegal and South Africa in group C of the competition. The Central African nation will begin its title defence against Senegal on March 15 at the Stade Pere Jego.
The Players and staff of the Under-17 men’s selection are expected to leave the country in the days ahead.
APEJES 3-4 Cameroon U17
Yene Arthur, Atemengue, Nkoukou/ 25′ 38′ Pagning Yamendjeu, Mbele Mvongo 75’Sarwissi Koye 80′