Despite the lack of infrastructure Bamenda has presented an uncommon picture with a strong will to go professional this football season. Following the opening of the 2016 football season Saturday January 30, 2016, Yong Sport Academy welcomed Lion Blesse of Fotuni in Bamenda the following day in a game that had every reason to generate fireworks. Away from the fact that the game ended 1-0 in favour of the home team, lots of things on the sidelines gave a feeling that Bamenda was ready to be a model for Cameroon football.
Enter the YOSA Supporters Club
The recently installed supporters club of YOSA announced their presence and readiness to accompany the regions lone division One team during their Sunday January 31, 2016 in many ways. Those around the city center got up in the morning just to realize a transformed city with the traditional green and yellow colours of YOSA as flags flow everywhere.
Inside the stadium literally every two metres had the colour of the home team. The new outfit for the supporters was equally used for the first time with hundreds showing up with newly well designed T-shirts and face caps. Before, during and after the game a ban dressed in the official colours of YOSA entertained the spectators.
At the close of the encounter the supporters club staged an unexpected move when they decorated one of the players for Lion Blesse with their colours as man of the match. To the supporters it was a way of extending the hospitality of the Bamenda man to their visitors. The YOSA supporters club equally presented a press point they have made saying all interviews were to be conducted there.
With National Polytechnic Bamenda FC being a child of the same father with YOSA we gathered that the picture will be the same when NPB FC is playing.
Yong Jacques A. YOSA president reacting to the issues of support told the press that he felt really great and wished the spirit could stay same. He noted that this season had to cost him a fortune to get quality players including a highly qualified coach like Ndumbe Bosso.
Enter 64 years old PWD Bamenda.
|PWD Bamenda President Abunde Pascal in the Middle|
After staying within the region for over ten years, legendary PWD Social football club of Bamenda returns to the national scene after clinching one of three tickets for the National Division II at the close of the 2015 football season. Known for its wide support across the region and beyond, the Abakwa boys as the team is fondly called Monday February 1, 2016 during a Press Conference presented a giant plan requiring about 78millions for the 2016 football season.
According to the team’s new leader Abunde Pascal, PWD deserves to be in the Elite One championship and to practice professional football. While announce the start of a Youth Team for the Abakwa boys in April, he requested sponsors indicating that it was important to get sponsors for the sustainability of the club. It was with some sense of satisfaction that Mr Abunde presented the new management committee of PWD which he said will be charged with the day to day running of the club.
To help realize the dream of the team, new recruitments where announced. For players Mohamadou Montari from Panthere Security, Lesih and Kenyi from Ngoketunjia FC, Tonfack from AS Menoua, Ngassam Jean from Eagle du Dschang, and others from Tunisia, Gabon,
Essomba Rene who missed qualifying Feutcheu FC of Bandjoun for the elite One last season has been recruited as well.
At the close of the Press conference the president encourage supporters of PWD Bamenda to pay gate fees, buy supporters cards which he said will be digital to ease information.
PWD opens their campaign in the Elite Two championship at home on Wednesday February 3, 2015 against Dynamic of Buea. The match will be followed by a grand congress in the Bamenda Congress hall on Thursday 4th February, 2016 to be chaired by Northwest Regional Governor.
Worthy of note is the fact people like Vincent Nji Ndumu Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council, Ni John Fru Ndi SDF National Chairman, have served as president of the Bamenda Club.
The furthest they have gone is the final of the cup of Cameroon which they lost in 1979.