Elite One: PWD Inherit Tough Pool A

PWD Bamenda 2018 Vice champions of Elite II

When the National Elite One championship kicks off on  Saturday January 26, 2019, Officials and players of PWD Bamenda will be wondering who they have offended to inherit Pool A of the competition that has thrown some really tough names at them.

The Abakwa Boys compared to next door rival, YOSA will lock horns with the likes of Coton Sport of Garoua, Union of Douala, New Stars of Douala, Apejes of Mfou, Dragon of Yaounde, Colombe FC of the South and the two teams they ascended Elite I with, Avion FC of Nkam and Tonnerre Kalara Club of Yaoundé.

The challenge for PWD does not only end with the caliber of teams they will face but with the distance they will cover overall in the 16 matches they will play. Coton Sport are the current champions of Cameroon and have won the league more than any other club (15 times) If they will have to host their home matches in Gaorua, that means PWD will cover close to 2800km to Garoua and back.

 PWD will also have to travel to Ebolowa to take on Colombe FC. a round trip of 1060km. The Abakwa Boys  will have to make three trips to Yaounde to face Apejes, Dragon FC and Tonnerre Kalara Club, a combined distant of 2250km.  Beside TKC are five time champions of Cameroon.

As if these are not enough, they are due to play Union, Avion and New Stars  in Douala or Limbe, in the South West Region. If they have to play in Douala which is the shortest from Bamenda, we are talking about 1890 Km combined. In this group is Union of Douala another five time champions of Cameroon.

Speaking to Bamenda Online when we confronted the Press Officer of PWD Bamenda, Abongwa Fozo, he said despite the names, PWD Bamenda remains a legendary club in Cameroon. “We will give a good representation of ourselves and fans. We are coming in to observe and at the same time play a meaningful part” he said.

“The distance we have to cover maybe the longest in the league this year and that requires a lot of financial commitment on our part, the management is working very hard towards this and as you know, PWD has always been a fan based team. We are also counting on our supporters who stood with us in Elite II, covering some of the cost to do so and even more this time” he added

On the other hand, Yong Sport Academy will play in pool B with Unisport of Bafang,Fovu of Baham, UMS of Loum and Eding Sport (1 time champion each), Stade Renard of Melong, Astres of Doaula, AS Fortuna and Feutchue FC. Except for AS Fortuna and Eding in Yaounde, all the teams YOSA will face are found along the Bamenda-Bafoussam-Douala corridor. They are due to confront Feutchue and Fovu in Bafoussam, Unisport in Bafang, Stade Renard in Melong, USM in Njombe-Penja and Astres in Douala.

One disappointment that the division throws on the sport fans this way is the much awaited local derby between PWD and YOSA. This may be long in the waiting.

By Tamah Collins

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