BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
PWD Social club of Bamenda remains top of the Cameroon league one championship despite the suspension of the championship, amidst the wide spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. If there is one compartment to credit for the Abakwa Boys scintillating form this season, then it is certainly their Midfield. The men in the middle of the park have proved solid while shielding the defense, but also very efficient in linking up with the attack. PWD’s Midfield has contributed in 25 of PWD’s 36 goals this season, with 12 goals scored by six different Midfielders, plus 13 assists from the Midfielders.
Below Kick442.com ranks all PWD’s current central midfield players, attacking and defensive, from worst down to best, based on their performance this season. With players like Nchindo John Bosco, and Ndeh Collins in great form, PWD’s Midfield is tipped as by many Football pundits, as one of the best in the Cameroon league.
9. Ngah Christian Mvogo
Ngah as he is commonly known, has struggled to break into coach David Pagou’s starting XI this season, and counts only one start (in PWD’s 2#0 win over UMS in Loum, on match day 21), in his sides 28 games this season. The youngster has also come off the bench on some occasions. He has made the match day squad 21 times this season, but is still to explode to full potential. He might need more time to fully settle in the squad.
8. Maxwell Cho
Much was expected from Maxwell this season, given that he is one of the technically gifted players in the squad and has the ability to wipe off any opponent. He is also good on set pieces, but all these qualities are still to be seen in the Youngster this term. Maxwell was part of the PWD’s team that qualify to the league one championship in 2018, but went on loan to regional outfit, Rainbow FC of Bamenda in the 2018_2019 season. So far, Maxwell has showed a glimpse of his know how just once this season, during his cameo in PWD’s 1#0 win over Tonnerre Kalara Club, in Mbankomo. He was one of the worst performers in PWD’s 0#5 defeat to cotonsport in Garoua, though he has started four games this season, featuring on the match day squad 13 times.
7. Mermoz Zoospiro
Zoospiro has featured in PWD’s match day squad 14 times this season, and has been in the starting Bloc on five occasions (against Cotonsport, APEJES, Panthere, Canon and TKC). Coach Pagou has used the left footed Midfielder on two occasions in a back three, where he excelled in a 5#1 bashing of APEJES. He was also solid against Tonnerre in yaounde and at the Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium against Panthere. His lack of consistency and game time, puts him a bit down the pecking order.
6. Malachi Nfor
When Coach David Pagou took over command, as head coach of PWD, Malachi Nfor was in Bertoua, training with league two side, Stade Bertoua. The tactician insisted he should be brought back, given that he had seen Malachi put in good performances against his team (Renaissance of Ngoumou), back in their elite two days. Malachi has started 12 games this season, and have been on target once (in a 5#1 win over APEJES).
5. Ade Mienolf
Ade Mienolf has been a reliable Midfielder for PWD for the past two seasons, but injuries prevented him from performing full strength this term. He even missed a called up into the intermediate lions for similar reasons. He has started just nine games this season, where he scored the lone goal in the first regional derby against YOSA, and also captain the team in their zero all draw against Bamboutos FC of Mbouda, in Bamenda.
4. Mbah Louiz
Just like Ade Mienolf, Mbah Louiz had suffered alot from injuries this term. A knee injury kept him off the pitch for quite some time, before he made a great return in his sides last two games in Limbe against Bamboutos and Union Sportive of Douala, where he showed great quality, but unfortunately his comeback was cut short, as Football was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In the 16 games he has featured for the Abakwa Boys in the current campaign, Mbah Louiz has scored one goal (against Dragon in Yaounde). When Football will resume, the Cameroon international will be hoping to get back to full throttle.
3. Hulrich Ibakeleki
Ibaki as he is fondly referred to, is arguably one of PWD’s best signings in recent times. His good reading a the game and tidiness at the Midfield, made him a joy to watch, and he was already a fan favorite in Bamenda. Before he suffered an injury against YOSA in Bamenda on match day 22, Hulrich Ibakeleki had featured in 21 games, scoring one goal (in a 1#2 defeat to Eding in Yaounde), and providing two assists.
Unfortunately the injury against YOSA stopped his scintillating run, and he has now missed PWD’s last six games.
2. Ndeh Collins
The resurgence of Ndeh Collins this season, is a pleasant surprise to many PWD fans. He has grabbed headlines on several occasions not only for his match winners against Tonnerre Kalara Club, Dragon and Union, but also for his ability to play the demolition role perfectly. This has earned him the nickname “The Destroyer”. He is enjoying his best ever season in the Cameroon league, where he has scored 3 goals and two assists. His rise will surely continue when football resumes.
1. Nchindo John Bosco
18_year_old Nchindo John Bosco has proven to be one of the best in the Cameroon league. It was not by accident that he was voted into the best XI of the first round of the championship. His rise to prominence, is the fruits of hard work and patience. Nchindo had limited game time last term, but kept is calm, and have now grabbed 20 appearances this term.
He is undoubtedly PWD’s most precious asset, as he has had a hand in 13 league goals this season (five goals and eight assist).
From playing with little known Ebaidino FC in the North West regional league two seasons back, to now fighting for a place amongst the elites, Nchindo John Bosco is repaying his team for the confident showed in him, and has brought much creativity in the middle of the park. He has demonstrated his calmness on several occasions, beating some of the best keepers in the league, like one of Cameroon’s 2014 world cup goalies, Loic Feudjeu.
Nchindo John Bosco is work in progress and needs just a good entourage around him, and he will do better.
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