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UMS Loum Lifts Cup of Cameroon for the First Time 

By Basil Afoni

President Paul Biya hands over Cup of Cameroon to UMS of Loum

President Paul Biya hands over Cup of Cameroon to UMS of Loum

Union des Mouvements Sportifs (UMS) de Loum made history Sunday, November 22 at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium after stunning Panthere of Nde 2-0 to win their first Cup of Cameroon.

Although not considered as favourites before the encounter, the guys from Loum fought hard to get their well-deserved victory. After they were dominated in the first half of the match, the boys of Coach Olivier Nankam put on a formidable show in the second segment that saw them opening scores through Nsameli.

Panthere was, however, awarded a penalty at the 85th minute but failed to convert it, with the ball hitting the goal post. The team’s hopes of equalizing were further dimmed after Alphonse Tientcheu increased tally for UMS of Loum to 2-0.

The Loum team reached the final by eliminating giants Union of Douala in the round of sixteen, Coton Sport of Garoua in the eighth-finals, Les Astres of Douala in the quarter-finals and then Botafogo of Douala in the semi-finals.

Speaking after the game, Coach Olivier Nankam of UMS, a former student of the opposing coach Ndoumbe Bosso, was full of praise for his mentor.

“[Ndoumbe Bosso] is my father. You know, when it is the father who teaches the son, the [son] tries to learn [hard] and surpass his father. I think that despite everything, he is also happy for me that I can also win this cup,” Nankam said.

He attributed his team’s victory to the opponents failing to exploit opportunities and for his team’s awakening in the second half.

“The first half was very sluggish on our side, it was difficult to unwind,” the UMS coach said. “But in the second half, with the instructions that had been given to the players at the break, they readjusted. Panthere dominated in the first half but was unable to exploit it, and we took over the game in the second half, and I think it paid off.”

Panthere of Nde coach Ndoumbé Bosso, for his part, lamented that his team failed to hit the net even once.

“We could not score goals, and that’s what was missing,” Bosso explained. “If we had scored a goal, the match would be different. We had a penalty but we [did not score]. It happens. Yet we had shown good things in the first half, and we had opportunities but we were not realistic enough. In the second half, essentially we missed. UMS is a good team with a very good coach. Naturally, he should be congratulated.”

Meanwhile, Alphonse Tientcheu of USM of Loum was voted man of the match with a total of 24 points ahead of his teammates Nsameli Nyuydorgha (21 points) and Maifanya Collins (10 points).

President Paul Biya, who was present, officially closed the sports season in Cameroon with the award of prizes to the various disciplines, including handing over the Cup of Cameroon trophy to UMS of Loum.