BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
The president of Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, Yong Jacques, has disclosed that he is a number supporter of regional rivals, PWD Social club of Bamenda.
Just like in any country where there is always rivalries between fans of clubs from the same locality, it has been the case between some PWD and YOSA fans. But at the level of the top management of both clubs, the situation is different, as there exist a good personal and working relationship between the management of the two league one clubs, from the town of Bamenda.
Speaking on May 13, 2020, as he joined PWD’s executive members to celebrate their first ever top flight title, Yong Jacques explained that, though he is the president of YOSA, he remains a faithful supporter of PWD. He narrated how his late father and founder of Yong Sports Academy, Bobe Yong Francis, used to take the then young Jacques Yong along, to go and watch PWD play matches in Yaounde and Douala, which were at times nocturnal matches.
To Yong Jacques, supporting PWD is but normal, as nearly all Bamenda inhabitants are PWD die-hards. Jacques added that at the time PWD was going through difficult moments, he had sleepless nights. He further stated that, he believes PWD will not repeat the same mistakes that YOSA did at continental level, and that YOSA is open to giving the Abakwa Boys a helping hand.
In response, PWD’s president, Pascal Abunde explained how Jacques has saved PWD in many instances.
Abunde Pascal and Yong Jacques are arguably amongst the youngest club presidents in Cameroon. The former has been at the helm of PWD for five years now, and have taken the team from regional league, to elite one, winning the club’s first ever league one title, in the club’s 58 years old history. It is also under his tenure that PWD is going back to continental football, 16 years after their last appearance.
For Yong Jacques, he took over management of YOSA following the demise of his father, Yong Francis, in 2013 and has taken YOSA to the CAF Confederations cup twice.
Many observers have praised the friendly atmosphere that exist between the two clubs.
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