- Fauve Azur Elite beat Cotonsport 1-0 to record their first MTN Elite One win in six months
- Derick Kameni scored his first goal of the season to earn the win
- Cotonsport have failed to score in two of their three league games this season
Fauve Azur Elite produced one of the stunning results of match day three of the MTN Elite One championship, beating holders Cotonsport of Garoua one-nil at the Olembe Annex Stadium on Saturday afternoon despite playing over half an hour a man short.
Kameni Deric converted an early penalty to earn the one-nil win despite the Faya Boys lasting over 30 minutes a man less following the sending off of Madjem Clauvis.
The hosts entered the contest in desperate need of a performance and a result for underfire coach Guy Djiepnang after suffering defeats to Victoria United FC and Stade Renard of Melong in their opening two games.
High-flying Coton in their unbeaten run in two MTN Elite One games this season made a forced change in goal as Wendeu Lako deputized for Gadin Allabatnan who was away with the Chadian national team.
The first big chance of the contest that was expected to go Coton’s way fell to Kameni when the hosts were awarded a penalty. Kameni stepped up and beat Wendeu Lako in his first start in goal for the Cotonites. The early advantage set the tone for a nail-biting afternoon.
Coton took the game to Fauve Azur Elite after conceding but the home side defended resolutely to preserve their slim advantage.
The equation became more complex for coach Guy Djiepnang’s team when they were reduced to ten, following the sending off of Clauvis Madjem.
Despite being down to ten Coton couldn’t find a way through the Fauve backline, failing to score for the fourth time in their last five games in all competitions – including the CAF Champions League preliminaries matches a few weeks ago.
Though Wassou Goue and Aziz Bassane could be accused of being far from their best all afternoon, Fauve held on to pick their first win of the season. A first victory in the league since the 3-1 win against Fovu in April.
The result means Cotonsport can count one win in their past five games in all competitions – scoring once and conceding four goals in that run.
The defending champions need to quick-fix before their next league outing on Wednesday, while Fauve Azur who had licence issues before the start of the season.
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