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Time for ‘if calculators’ in Elite 1 relegation battle

by Lesley Ngwa
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The Cameroon top-flight championship dobbed the MTN Elite One championship has arguably the most intriguing relegation battle of all time this 2022/23 season.

An incredible number of over ten clubs are pushing to avoid being part of the crew of five to leave the prestigious elite championship come the end of the season.

The points gap between the sides in the top half of the table and those in the bottle half in both Pool A and B in the abridged championship makes it impossible for players of concern clubs to have a full night sleep.

In Pool A, Aigle Royal of Menoua currently occupies the fourth spot, but are not far from trouble. The El Pacha are only three points of Avion Academy and Renaissance FC, who occupy the bottom two positions. This indicates that mathematically only Canon Yaounde, Cotonsport and UMS are out of the relegation battle while five of the other eight sides stand a chance of being relegated.

There isn’t much of a difference in Pool B. Like in Pool A, uncertainty looms, many are in danger and battling to avoid troubled waters of relegation though they are running out of matches except for Dragon of Yaounde.

The Cha Cha Boys simply failed to find their swagger in this season’s championship. Coach Stephane Edjangue’s team reached the end of their nine-year stay in Elite 1 two weeks ago with three games left.

Eight other clubs, from Fovu in the third spot in Pool B to YAFOOT in the last-but-one position are still in the relagation battle with at least two round of matches remaining for most of the clubs.

Though they are all in the relagation battle, the likes of YAFOOT and Fortuna have their work cut-out. They need to win all their remaining matches to stand a chance of not being directly relegated or not being one of two teams in the relegation playoff match.

Current standings

Pool A

Canon Yaounde 32 points
Cotonsport 30 points
UMS of Loum 30 points
Aigle Royal 24 points
Stade Renard 24 points
Eding Sport 23 points
Colombe 22 points
PWD of Bamenda 22 points
Djiko FC 21 points
Renaissance FC 21 points
Avion Academy 21 points

Pool B

Bamboutos FC 34 points
Gazelle FA 32 points
Fovu 28 points
APEJES 28 points
Union Douala 26 points
YOSA 24 points
Astres 24 points
Fauve Azur 23 points
AS Fortuna 22 points
YAFOOT FC 19 points
Dragon FC 9 points

Remaining Fixture for Bottom five sides.

Pool A

Avion Academy

Vs Djiko FC (Douala)
Vs Aigle Royal (Dschang)


Vs Colombe (Yaounde)
Vs PWD (Mbouda)

Djiko FC

Vs Avion Academy (Douala)
Vs UMS of Loum (Bandjoun)

PWD of Bamenda

Vs Cotonsport (Garoua)
Vs Renaissance (Mbouda)

Colombe Dja
Vs Renaissance (Yaounde)
Vs Canon (Yaounde)

Pool B

Dragon FC
Vs AS Fortuna (Yaounde)
Vs YAFOOT FC (Yaounde)

Fovu FC (Bafoussam)
Dragon FC (Yaounde)

AS Fortuna
Vs Dragon FC (Yaounde)
Vs Bamboutos FC (Mbouda)

Fauve Azur
Union Sportive (Douala)
Vs Fovu (Bafoussam)

Vs APEJES (Douala)
Vs YOSA (Douala)

Vs Standby
Vs Astres (Douala)

The bottom two teams from each of the Pools plus the loser in the relegation playoff game will be relegated while the top two clubs in each Pool will qualify for the title playoff.

So far, just Bamboutos FC are through to the title playoff as it’s also a tight contest at that end.

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