Victoria United of Limbe, alias Opopo were stunned 1-0 by impressive Esoh Eteki Memorial Sports Academy, EEMSA, in the first leg semifinals of the Southwest mini round-robin football competition at the Molyko ‘Omnisport’ Stadium.
The Limbe side that started the game with poor options and long passes were taken by surprise at the 34th minute when EMMSA’s Ambah Yannick capitalized from a corner and beat Opopo’s Tayiwoh Princewill in goal.
After the goal, Coach Ekokobe Joseph’s boys continued to withstand the timid pressure from Victoria United who appeared to have lost their strength and purpose of the game.
EEMSA were thick and round at the midfield and defence, frustrating Victoria United’s forwards; Swithbert Kum and Charles Kelly who couldn’t find the right formula to a comeback.
Festus Ebere’s steadfastness in between the sticks for Esoh Eteki Memorial Sports Academy also accounted for Opopo’s painful defeat. He stopped four shots from Victoria United players, giving EEMSA the hard earned victory.
Coach Mbock Maput’s Victoria United must win the return leg if the team must continue their adventure of retaining the national ‘inter pool’ ticket for the Southwest.
In the second semifinal game at the same venue, Maumu Youths thrashed St Peters of Limbe 2-0.
By Ekonde Daniel
*UB Journalism Student