By AFESEH APONG
Sports writer, Cameroon.
Coach David Pagou took charge of his first competitive game with PWD of Bamenda on Thursday, as he supervised his sides 2#1 beating of Canon, in Yaoundé.
Just over a month at the helm of the team, PWD is gradually picking up the shape of a Pagou team. The tactician is noted for laying emphasis on the physical aspect of his teams, making his players resilient and tough to beat. Apart from dueling most on the physic of his team, he also loves a ball playing team, that keeps much of the ball possession, with short and precise passes.
All these characteristics were demonstrated by PWD against canon, as they dominated the duels, and ball position.
In his post match reactions, Pagou reiterated the need to work on the physic of his team. “We worked hard for this first game, because in Bamenda we don’t have the infrastructure to train, coupled with the rains that falls everyday. The children reproduced exactly what I gave during training, putting much in the physical aspect. You know when a player is physically fit, he plays well“, said Pagou.
The ball playing and physical aspects of David Pagou’s squads, were felt at Renaissance of Ngoumou when he was in charge of the club two seasons ago. Though the tactician regrets the fact that his team doesn’t have the resources to go in for top level signings, he is however satisfied with the current group of players. ” all coaches would like to have top quality players, but at the moment we don’t have the means to buy such players, so we do with children who are willing to play. We recruited mostly from the regional league’s, to blend with some old hands who were already in the team and those who came back, like Malachi. He has trained for just one week. With lots of work, PWD will not suffer too much as last year“.
With one game won, PWD will have a hectic next few days, as they tackle UMS and YOSA, all in Bamenda. Coach Pagou thinks they can rely on home advantage. “It is going to be easy for us but we have to take Match by Match. UMS is not a powerhouse in Cameroon football. So we have to wait them and we are going to play our match. It is at home and you know a dog is strong when it is in his home. We have to do our best for our supporters“.
The win against Canon puts PWD on the 11th position on the league’s tentative classification table, with the Abakwa boys still having two delayed games against AS Fortuna and Panthere.
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