“Our objective this year is nothing but a gold medal in football boys. I know my boys can do it..” these are coach Anumewa Frankline’s words on day one of the varsity games after beating the University of Ngoundere 2 goals to nothing. The dream however was threatened when UBa lost on the second day to SUP’PTIC. It was again reactivated in the quarter final by a mavelous victory against Y’de I and a confident 2#0 win against host University of Dschang at the semi final.
Though without team Captain, the final day of play for UBa was a day never to forget. They defeated the experienced boys of the Golf Institute University, IUG in a hotly contested game.
In the course of the match, Abanke Eric who had been unstoppable since day one, continued his expertise as he dribbled pass IUG defenders and creating scoring opportunities for his team which were all squandered. He created many chances for UBa though the 90 minute score line was zero goal on either sides.
The two teams moved to the penalty shots where the confident Chia Allen Awah of UBa performed another wonderful display.
After stopping two penalties from IUG, Chia Allen was hopeful that Mundi Marcel was to lead the team to their gold medal. However, his shot went off target and Chia Allen scored the last penalty to give UBa the first gold medal in male football.
The entire University of Bamenda could not hold their breathe when the referee blowed for the end. They jubilated endlessly for the victory as coach Anumewa Frankline stated “like I told you, my boys are fighters and there have done it. We can only thank God that he has seen us through. We are looking forward to the same results next year”.
After the match, the vice Chancellor of the University of Bamenda, professor Theresaa Nkou Akenji was herself surprised that the boys won. “they have really surprised us. I didn’t expect this from them but there played collectively. From the goal keeper, the midfield and attackers, they made me happy. What else will I say than congratulations?”
UBa has been participating in the varsity games since 2011 but has never qualified for the final. Dschang 2019, saw their first qualification and eventually, their first gold medal in male football.
Mangek Promise Ngum