30 May 2008

Cameroon: MTN Elite 2 - Kumba Lakers, Victoria United, PWD Bamenda Relegated

Three of the five Anglophone clubs, Kumba Lakers, Victoria United and PWD Bamenda, presently playing in this year's MTN Elite 2 Championship, have been relegated to the Provincial Division 2 League.

Drawn in Zone 3 that comprises Littoral, Southwest and the Northwest provinces, the clubs failed to shun relegation, after Day 14 and last playing day, by tailing the chart with 16, 15, and 11 points respectively.

Njalla Quan Sports Academy of Limbe, Young Sports Academy of Bamenda, the other two clubs west of the Mungo survived relegation with 19 and 18 points in that order.AS Matelots, Douala AC and AS CETEF, all Littoral based clubs, topped the chart in that other with AS Matelots grabbing the lone Zone III MTN Elite I ticket.

AS Matelots now joins the Elite I for the first time in history after failing to qualify during the last Interpools by bowing to sister club, Caiman of Douala.As for Zone I, Danay FC of Yagoua emerged champion with 29 points picking the lone tickets amongst Grand North provinces, Maroua, Garoua and Adamawa.

Danay finally sailed through to the Elite I after four abortive attempts in the round robin National Interpools tournaments.Relegated to the inferior Provincial Division II league from Zone I are Diable Rouges of Maroua, Olympic Maroua and Jeunesse of Ngaoundere.

Panthere of Bangangte qualified in Zone II thanks to the goal rule advantage. Panthere, Achille FC of Sa'a and Noblesse of Nde all ended the season with 26 points but Panthere had more goals to grab the qualification ticket.

Panthere, the 1988 Cup of Cameroon champions has come back to soccer limelight after eight years since they were relegated from Division I.From Zone II, Infinitif of Ebolowa, AS Kadey of Batouri and Fédéral of Foumban have been demoted.

The MTN Elite II championship has been divided into three zones of eight teams each, and the leader of each of these three zones automatically qualifiers for the 2008/2009 MTN Elite I, which kicks off in September 2008.

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