- Leonel Ntebeu Djoko climbed off the bench to score twice and earn a 2-1 win for Fovu of Baham
- Ntebeu becomes the first substitute to score a brace and the first player to score two penalties in a single game this season
- Fovu finally won a game after three draws while Victoria lost the third in a spin
Fovu of Baham have picked up their first win of the 2023/24 MTN Elite One championship season after Leonel Ntebeu came from the bench to score two penalties resulting in a 2-1 win in a game the visitors scored first through Junior Djacba.
Fovu finally won after four match days while Victoria United FC lost their third game in a row in a dramatic afternoon at the Bamendzi stadium.
Fovu was rocked by internal crisis in the previous two games and could only get a draw, but fixed things and secured the return of most of their players in a beat to take advantage of the difficult patch their visitors were going through.
Despite losing to Cotonsport and Stade Renard in the past two outings, coach Guy Kamguia’s Victoria United FC started the game as the better side, creating a number of early half chances and attempts on target that were stop by Fovu’s Yousouf Nfor on duty against his former employer.
Djacba, still chasing his first goal of the season connected on a number of occasions with Nji Richmond, but poor decisions in the final third was their undoing.
Speedy forward, Djacba picked a fine ball into his channel in the box and put it past Yousouf for his first in Elite One since he left Djiko FC two years ago.
The goal meant OPOPO as they are fondly called were ahead for the first time in three games. Djacba put coach Guy Kamguia’s men ahead with his first of the season 14 minutes into the contest.
Captain Ngando Cyrille’s Fovu had half chances but couldn’t take any as it remained 1-0 in favor of the visitors till the interval.
With another unsatisfactory result looming, coach Ndoumbe Bosso turned towards his substitute options and brought on Ntebeu to complement Stephane Ikpeme and co by providing more in attack. Ntebeu entered the frail after 50 minutes with a change of fortune for the hosts.
He dispatched two penalties in eight minutes to turn the game on its head and set Fovu on their way to victory.
There was a moment of controversy after the second penalty was awarded by Referee Moctar Yousoufa to the extent that Victoria United FC players left the pitch. Their captain on instructions from their president ordered for a technical protest to be written against the match officials.
Ntebeu Fovu’s second penalty after the protest and went on to win 2-1 as Victoria couldn’t find the equalizer even after 12 minutes of additional time.
The result sanctions Victoria United’s third defeat in a row while Fovu gets their first win of the 2023/24 season.
Victoria United FC will return home to challenge struggling APEJES of Mfou this Sunday while Fovu are away to Fauve Azur Elite in match day five.
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