By Nji Nelson Chefor

Sports writer, Cameroon


As elite and some amateur clubs in the North West regional town of Bamenda are getting ready to resume training for the 2020/2021 football season, a pre-season tournament dubbed Cup of Bamenda has been announced.

The tournament to serve as a warm-up for the clubs have been put in place by Barrister Sopo Ngwa, a prominent football promoter in the region and will bring together eight (8) teams drawn in two pools.

According to the donor, league one sides, Yong Sports Academy and PWD Bamenda will lead Pool A and B respectively. Foncha Street FC and other amateur clubs in the region will complete the pools.

Lawyer Sopo Ngwa and son Sopo Ngwa Jr, promoters of Sopocam Farms Bali.

At the end of the group phase of the tournament, the first team of each group will play the finals while the second placed teams will battle it out for the 3rd position.

At the end of the tournament, the champions will take home 1.000.000FCFA, 350.000FCFA for the runners up while the 3rd and 4th position will have a prize still to be determined by the donor.

Other prices will include the Yong Francis prize, the Joseph Agwa prize for the best goalkeeper, the Massing Benjamin prize for the best defender, the Augustine Ozoemena prize and many others

The Cup of Bamenda will be sponsored by Sopocam Farms Bali, the biggest private farm in the NW Region that specializes in  fish farming, plantains and cocoyams. Sopocam Farms is also the sponsor of North West regional league teams Universal Soccer Academy and Rush FM Football Club Bamenda. Sopocam Farm products are expected to hit the markets from April 2021.

The tournament will become an annual football jamboree in Bamenda and the very first edition is expected to be launched at the end of the Corona virus pandemic in Bamenda.


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