Paul Henri Tchikeu’s second-half strike was enough to earn a 1-0 win for Canon Yaounde in an MTN Elite One clash of champions on Sunday in Yaounde.
Coach Souleymanou Aboubakar’s Canon cast greater doubts in Coton’s chances of qualifying for the playoff following the match 17 defeat in the eyes of thousands at the Ngoa Ekelle stadium.
Tchikeu rewarded Canon’s efforts through a narrow angle finish, dribbling two defenders in the process before toe-poking the ball beyond an unconvincing Gadin Allatbatnan on goal for Cotonsport.
Cotonsport’s 17 titles in the domestic championship and ten for Canon was telling of the caliber of the fixture.
The after characterized by strange misses from both sides ended up being more satisfactory for the hosts as they recorded their eighth win and opened an eight points gap on their opponents on the day and for the playoff.
The result was a reflection of the content of the game as Canon Yaounde were the better side on the day Souleymanou Aboubakar had the better of one of his former employers.
The Kpakum only need two wins from their remain four fixture to secure a place in title playoff for the second season running.
With just two wins in 2023, Coton remains third on the log with 23 points to their credit after 16 games.
Gabriel Haman takes his charges to South Africa for their last CAF Champions League fixture this week before returning to domestic competitions.
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