Lazare Mbounya, 2019 Southwest League coach of the season

Continental FA of Buea lost all their three games in the South West Regional mini-interpools tournament, 1-0, 2-1 and 3-0 to LiFCA of Limbe Njalla Quan Sports Academy and PWD of Kumba respectively.

They played their third and last game in Limbe against PWD of Kumba without their coach Mbounya Lazare after he was sacked by the club’s President Mr Issa Pius.

The former Indomitable Lion had an outburst with his coach at the end of their second game in Buea against the NQSA.

After two uncharacteristic errors from their ever reliable goalkeeper Stephen Njoke Junior, which cost them two second half goals, the President demanded that the goalkeeper should be replaced with six minutes to the end of the game and his team running after the scores.

As expected, the coach knew what was best for the team and opted to ignore the President’s call and rather threw in more offensive players. Unfortunately that did not payoff as Continental FA of Buea lost the game by a score of 2-1.

This did not go down well with President Issa Pius who could be seen fuming on the sidelines with his coach at the end of the game.

This could be seen as an act of frustration for the moment, because that loss meant for a second consecutive year Continental FA failed to qualify for the national round-robin tournament despite reaching the regional playoffs.

Unfortunately the President was really out for a scape goat and just like last season, it was the turn of coach Mbounya Lazare to pay the price just like coach Acheh Ebenezer did at the end of last season.

Hopefully this is not an attempt to deprive the young and promising coach of his dues, as all football stakeholders in the region saw the remarkable turn around of fortunes for this club which finished the first round of games in the league with just one point before their coach worked miracles to get them to the mini-interpools.

President Issa Pius himself admitted to have been pleasantly surprised when he heard that his team had made it to the regional playoffs.

It was therefore not surprising to see him voted as the best coach of the South West Regional League for 2018/2019 football season.

Lazare Mbounya, 2019 Southwest League coach of the season

Hopefully this sack for coach Mbounya will only be a temporal setback as it is already said that some clubs are already considering his services for next season.

LiFCA’s Gwe Beckly with 16 goals in nine matches walked away with the Golden Boot for the top scorer, while the prize of the best referee went to Mr Chenwi Celestine.

The pair of Ngale Njume and Fotsoh Elvis were voted as best assistant referees, while Mr Hilary Hamza was acclaimed as the best match commissioner.

The final prize of the day was awarded to Mr Chounga Pierre, as the best first aid official of the South West Regional league for the season.

Muambo Edward.