By Afeseh Apong
▪️PWD of Bamenda and Astres of Douala were set to play the Cameroon cup final
▪️15 days to the end of the year, nothing has been said as concerns the date for the final.
Less than two weeks to the end the year 2021, football lovers in Cameroon have been left perplexed to what has become of the Cameroon cup finals.
Usually, the men’s football cup of Cameroon finals, is an event that puts an end to the sporting season in Cameroon, an occasion usually attended by the head of state or his representative.
On like last year when the Cameroon cup was never played due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, that caused a premature end to the football season, it was not the same scenario this year, as FECAFOOT under Seidou Mbombo Njoya, successfully organised the competition, till the semi final stage. In Cameroon, the football governing organises the cup from the preliminaries, till the semi finals, but the date for the grand finale is always decided by the presidency of the Republic.
PWD social football club of Bamenda, and Astres of Douala, had defied all the odds to reach the finals, eliminating big names like Cotonsport, Canon and Union on their way. With both PWD haven lost the Cup finals two and three times respectively, in the clubs history, but the wait for glory seems longer than they expected.
With the year fast running to an end, and the AFCON to kick-off in Cameroon in less than 24 days, it is now looking likely that the Cameroon cup final has been forgotten, with much attention now shifted towards the Pan_African football jamboree, which kick’s off on January 09.
The election of football legend, Samuel Eto’o Fils as FECAFOOT president, brought fresh impetus and believe for a brighter future for Cameroon Football. Can the legendary NINE shirt make the Cameroon cup final happen, and why not be the first big match in the country since his election as the new FA boss?
One of the Finalist, PWD Social Football club of Bamenda, has been on a three weeks training camp in yaounde, during which they took part in the International Solidarity tournament in Mbankomo, and were knocked out at the quarter finals. The Abakwa Boys have been training for 16_months consecutively now, and are now set to go break, as the date for the finals seems far fetched.
PWD_ASTRES: Their Cameroon cup story
As mentioned earlier, PWD will be in their third cup final, while Astres will be making their fourth appearance at the Cameroon cup final.
For the Abakwa Boys, it will be the first time in the 21st century that they’re featuring at this stage of the competition. The legendary North West outfit, with a star studded squad, played and lost two finals. In 1967 to Canon of Yaoundé (a one nil defeat), and later on in 1979 ( a 1#3 defeat to Dynamo of Douala).
Astres of Douala a.k.a the Brazilians of Bepanda, has lost the finals three times , in 2007 (0#1 defeat to cotonsport) 2009 (2#3 defeat to Panthère Sportive of Nde) and 2010 (a 1#2 defeat to Fovu club of Baham.
Giving the promptitude at which the Cameroon cup final is always announcement through a presidential decree, and with exactly two weeks to the end of the year, there’s still a glimmer of hope that the event can still take place. So both PWD and Astres should keep hoping even against hope.
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