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Nlend Ayme expects tough challenge against Rangers of Bafut

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • ISOHSA manager spoke highly about Rangers of Bafut despite their struggle start of the 2023/24 MTN Elite Two season
  • ISOHSA are second-seeded in pool B with seven points from three games so far
  • The club will meet bottom side, Rangers of Bafut on match day four of the championship this Wednesday in Limbe

Isle of Hope Sports Academy (ISOHSA) of Limbe lead trainer, Nlend Ayme, has qualified Rangers of Bafut as a “top club” and thinks the Limbe Centenary stadium atmosphere will be an important factor in Wednesday’s crucial MTN Elite Two clash for his club.

The Northwest outfit have had a horrendous start to the 2023/24 MTN Elite Two championship – but have an outstanding reputation since their promotion as they have finished in the top half of the table in consecutive seasons.

Coach Nlend spoke highly of Rangers FC in an exclusive conversation with the kick442.com crew this Tuesday, ahead of the match day four all- anglo-Saxon fixture this Wednesday, November 8.

Per the gaffer, Rangers’ history and know-how of the competition makes them favourites even if they have not had the best start of the season.

“We are new in this league. There are so many things we are learning, which Rangers and their players already know. With the help of our video analyst and other colleagues we have done our research about them and have data about a number of their players. The likes of left-back Musa Ousman and a number of their players know this championship. They have recently made adjustments in their technical crew and have had a number of adjustments since they arrived Limbe last Sunday. This doesn’t make it easy as they have players keen on impressing the new coach. We will see how to explore all we have to make it tough for them and implement the right approach,” the 2023 Southwest Regional League coach of the season explained.

Nlend further discussed the tough run Rangers is experiencing so far this season.

“They have had a tough start to the season, but they are a good team with good players and a good history in Elite Two, so we have to work hard and for each other to win the game.

“It is not easy to play against such sides and get a result,” Nlend said.

“We need our whole team to be strong mentally and our fans to help get the points.”

Nlend squashed thoughts that current form could count in such games.

“People will talk about our place in the table or their place in the table, but in derbies you don’t know what sort of game to expect,” he added.

“Every game in the MTN Elite Two championship is tough. Whether you are playing against teams at the top of the table or the bottom,” coach Nlend concluded.

ISOHSA is experiencing a great start to life in the elite championship. The Limbe-based club counts seven points from a possible nine after two wins and a draw in their opening three games in the second tier championship.

The club is determined to show its fans that the three-nil win away to Leopard Sportif of Douala last weekend wasn’t a fluke and that the two points dropped in their last home game against Djiko FC could be more of a fluke.

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