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PWD, Ngoketunjia FC to clash in finals

players of PWD and Rush FC

players of PWD and Rush FC

Another page in the history of Northwest football would be written this Saturday, July 27, when two sides with contrasting history, PWD and Ngoketunjia FC clash in the finals of the Northwest Regional Second Division Championship at the Bamenda Municipal stadium.

PWD Bamenda, alias “Ngia P” bears the hall mark of experience, having challenged similar obstacles in its over 50 years of existence, two cups of Cameroon finals, former champions of the inter-pools competition, former first Division/Elite One big weight and one time Confederations cup eight finalist, PWD is a fair reflection of the ups and downs of Northwest football.

PWD comes into the game as firm favourites against a Ngoketunjia FC, from the rice plains of Ndop still searching for a page to inscribe its name in the history books of Northwest soccer still hunted by the ghost of PWD.

The journey to the finals for PWD and Ngoketunjia was never an easy one as they emerged from Pool B of the competition, first and second respectively on 28 and 27 points each. PWD next challenged was a quarter final clash against Rush FC of Bali, which they easily overcome with a 2-nil victory before confronting the difficult Tatecam in the semis. PWD came from behind to take the game to extra time after a one all tie. They eventually won the match from the spot, 4-3 to book a place in Saturday’s final.

Ngoketunjia FC had a rough ride to the final, confidently seeing off both FC Bamenda and Bang Bullets of Nkambe 5-4 and 4-3 from the penalty spots after playing to a one all tie in both matches.

Both sides also met twice during the championship first on day 5 in Ndop and later on day 14 in Bamenda with both matches ending goalless.

Despite the overwhelming weight on PWD as favourite due to its long experience in the championship, huge vocal support and home advantage, Ngoketunjia FC is expected to approach the match as the underdog with nothing to loss, which in effect takes the hit off them, and beside they are expected to mobilize fans from Ndop like they did against Bang Bullets, which paid dividend with their fans dominating their opponents and an eventual victory.

By Abongwa Fozo