The new football league season kicked off in Cameroon this weekend with the first round of fixtures in the newly expanded Elite One, the country’s top division. Five teams have been added to the fourteen who competed in last season’s edition, taking the total up to nineteen. The newcomers are UMS de Loum, Bamboutos de Mbouda, Scorpion, Apejes De Mfou and Cosmos de Bafia. The expansion meant that last season’s bottom three, Sable, Tonnerre Kalara Club De Yaounde and Panthere Sportive Du Nde were all saved from relegation.
Reigning champions Coton Sport travelled to newcomers Bamboutos de Mbouda and were held to a goalless draw on Saturday. The opening game of the season had seen Unisport de Bafang win 1-0 away at Les Astres earlier in the day, but they were soon joined on three points at the top of the nascent Elite One table by Apejes De Mfou, Panthere, Njala Quan Sports Academy and New Star De Douala.
Sunday’s pair of fixtures saw Union Sportive of Douala become outright leaders on goal difference courtesy of their 3-0 home win against Scorpion and newly promoted Cosmos De Bafia earned an impressive debut win away at Canon Sportif of Yaounde. The second round of fixtures is on Tuesday this week.