By Nji Nelson Chefor

Sports Writer, Cameroon.

‘Mexico’ is a name given to a playground situated at the Old Town neighborhood in Bamenda, North West region, Cameroon. It is the playground of a government primary school situated in the said neighborhood.

PWD players training at Mexico

When David Pagou took over as coach from Augustine Tchoupo on September 17, 2019, their usual training ground, the Catholic School Field, Big Mankon Bamenda was open for public use as from 3:00pm daily making it difficult for PWD Social Club of Bamenda to train in the morning.

Faced with this and his desire to build a good team, David Pagou and his coaching staff resulted to use the famous ‘Mexico’ field where they had morning training sessions. For close to a week or so, these players and their coaches rubbed themselves in mud just to get fit and ready for the new season that was fast approaching.

“I remember when we started training at ‘Mexico’, it was not evident. Nobody believed in us. I told you all (referring to the players) that I count on you to succeed and from ‘Mexico’, here we are today”, David Pagou revealed.

Muddy Mexico field

When videos of these training sessions were posted on social media, tongues started waging as fans, supporters predicted doom for the team this season. They were regarded as an relegation battle contender. Nobody believed in the team from the beginning.

Here we are today. PWD Social Club of Bamenda, are champions of the Cameroon league one championship for the first time in 56 years. The team will represent Cameroon in the CAF champions league, the greatest African inter-club competition, for the first time since creation.

History will never forget that, the champions of Cameroon for the 2019/2020 football season, trained at the ‘Mexico’ field at Old Town Bamenda.

From ‘Mexico’ field to being league one champions and CAF champions league representatives.

Infact, “From Mexico Field to the World”.

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