- Cotonsport have picked up their first away point of the the 2023/24 MTN Elite One season
- Defender Jnr Essapa Esseme and Patrick Etoga Atchom scored for the host and visitors respectively
- Both sides count five points after four round of matches though Avion Academy have a game in hand
- Coton have not won away to Avion Academy in the past two seasons
Patrick Etoga Atchom’s strike in the final quarter of Cotonsport’s match day four clash against Avion Academy of Douala was only enough to earn a point for the champion who had conceded an early Marius Jnr Essapa Esseme goal at the Bepanda Omnisport Annex stadium.
The Reigning champions entered the match day four game of the 2023/24 MTN Elite One championship low in confidence and hoping to recover from the 0-1 defeat to Fauve Azur Elite in the previous round of matches. Their hosts were on a mission to build on the 2-0 win against YOSA last Saturday.
Avion was even more motivated by the fact that they beat Cotonsport 1-0 last season in Douala.
For the second game running, Cotonsport started Wendeu Lako in goal as they were missing Gadin Allabatnan.
Just like last weekend, Coton struggled in the opening moments of the game as Avion took the game to their visitors.
Former Cameroon U-17 international Essapa got off the mark for the hosts and his new club after 23 minutes.
The goal meant for the second game running Cotonsport was behind and had the responsibility to come back which they didn’t meet last weekend.
Avion could have scored the second if not for the wastefulness of their front men on two occasions before the break.
Cotonsport resumed the second segment as the attacking side with a greater push to get the equalizer while Avion sat deep and defended resolutely while hoping to be the third club to prevent the 18-time champions from scoring this season.
Former Eding Sport defender, Etoga broke Avion hearts when he directed home a fine header from an inch-perfect cross. The goal from the 27-year-old defender was his first in six appearances for the Garoua giants.
There wasn’t another goal in the final 13 minutes of the game though they could have been one if Alain Roland Nandjou finished better for Avion Academy.
The draw leaves Avion Academy with five points from their opening four games just like Cotonsport as both clubs have won one and played a draw in one game.
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