The long awaited league one comeback for PWD of will finally happen this Sunday February 3, 2019, though not their maiden campaign in the top tier and maybe not against a weak opponent. It will be such a joy for the Abakwa boys to play their first top flight game in about 15 years, in front of their home crowd in Bamenda, when the welcome Apejes of Mfou. Playing at their historic Bamenda Municipal stadium could have added more fanfare to the encounter, but the YOSA center has become a new normal ground for P_ton ton.
HEAD TO HEAD
Sunday’s clash will be the very first meeting between the two sides, one created in the 20th century and the other in the 21st century. So the winner of Sunday’s encounter will win the bragging rights, before they will meet again later in the season.
PWD survived relegation during the 2017 season with just the stroke of luck, but created sensation in the 2018 campaign when they finish second in the league two championship with 55 points. “Ngia P” as they are fondly called led the championship from day one, and was never out of the top three last term, even for a single minute. Only Avion could do better than a PWD side the recorded 16 wins in 28 games, seven draws and five defeats. The Abakwa boys had the second best attack with 37 goals scored and the second best defense with 17 goals conceded. (Only TKC with 12 goals, conceded fewer than PWD).
Apejes on the other hand, had a near shambolic 2018 campaign, which saw them finishing on the 12 spot on the league one rankings, accumulating just 44 points in 34 encounters, where they managed 11 wins and 11 draws, coupled with 12 defeats. The 2016 Cameroon cup winners had the second best attack last season with 43 goals scored (Only Cotonsport with 59 goals did better than APejes) through multiple goal scorers. All the work done by the attackers, was undone by a catastrophic defense that saw them conceding 42 goals (only YAFOOT with 46 and Dragon with 46 goals, conceded more than Apejes), finishing with the third worst defense.
Both PWD and Apejes have the youngest presidents in the league. Abunde Pascal on the side of PWD and Leon Aime Zang for Apejes.
After qualifying the team to league one, PWD’s top scorer, Ahudu Lukong and midfield maestro Michael Song Che, left and join Eding Sport, while Chick Rex deposited his bags at Tonnerre Kalara club. Dhobit Clovis Fofuleng, second top scorer for the Abakwa boys last term with nine league goals, will not be available for Sunday’s game, as he is reportedly out of the country, for trails.
Apejes will also have to start life without their top scorers last season, Yannick Yvan Gombo who is now continuing his football education in Spain alongside his former Apejes teammate, Sob Frank Fominyeng. Brandon Simon Moukete who bagged six goals last term, also join Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, while Ngom Jerome left for greener pasture and midfield kingpin, Gangter Vitalis reportedly join Dragon of Yaounde. Goalkeeper Janvier Cyni also switched to cross town rivals, Eding sports, just like Armand Kipou who reportedly join Fovu of Baham.
Latest information indicates that Owono Brice has been handed the captain ban of the team, and will be assisted in that capacity by Alima Atanga and Yerima Bouhari.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Goalkeeper Julius Atengong will hope to make his top tier debut, after keeping seven clean sheets in just 12 games for the Abakwa boys in the second round of the 2018 championship, conceding just six goals in the league. He will however face much competition from former YOSA shot stopper, Nyokong, who has the experience of the top tier championship.
The defensive pairing of captain Divine Ngie Mbeh and Louiz Enow proved vital last year, and might still win the confidence of the coaching staff of the Abakwa Boys.
Meanwhile Malachi Nfor Che scored six times for PWD, and might lead the midfield alongside Toni Achu who has a lot of experience in the elite championship, through his time with Njalla Quan Sports Academy, AS Matelots and Cosmos.
Flying winger, John Paul Nzongong might be the man to unlock Kongnyuy Judes scoring prowess.
The two coaches are fortunately former players of the sides they are coaching now. Jean Baptiste Toguem of PWD told kick442.com “we are ready for Sunday’s game. We are just waiting for the game. We have been waiting this match for long. We are playing at home, it is already an advantage for us, and we are going to do everything to see that we satisfy our supporters”
For Oumarou Sokba, told kick442.com “we are preparing well. I will work now on the tactical plan. We now that the match will be difficult for us because PWD is a strong team at home. Physically they are strong and I think the mental strength will make the difference in this match”. It is worth noting that Sokba has been coaching Apejes for eight years now, since he prematurely ended his playing career with the same club, because of an injury.
Created in 1962, PWD is 67 years old now, but has never won major silver wears in Cameroon. They lost the finals of the Cameroon cup twice. In 1967 to Canon of Yaoundé and 1979 to Dynamo of Douala. The biggest achievement for the Abakwa boys was a third position finish in the 2003 top tier championship, earning them a place for the CAF confederations cup in 2004, before their fall from the top tier in 2005. PWD has groomed stars in Cameroon football, such as Andongcho Mbuta Mathew, Simo Augustine, Nji Sunday, Alexander Belinga, just to name but these.
Apejes might be 46 years younger than PWD, but have already tasted football Glory. Founded in 2008, Apejes won the Cameroon cup in 2016, and have served as a breeding ground for most youngsters in Cameroon football, with some glaring examples being U23 lions captain Oum Gwet Samuel and Frank Boya.
The YOSA stadium in mile six Nkwen is the new home ground for PWD of Bamenda. With its near sandy surface, the Abakwa Boys have had no Mercy on visiting teams. PWD was the only team to go a full season in 2018, without tasting defeat at home in 14 games. Apejes last season played their games on the synthetic pitch of the CAF center for excellence in Mbankomo, but the YOSA stadium is somehow similar to the old ground, the Mfou Municipal stadium.