By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
After more than two hours of discussions, members of the South West Regional League of FECAFOOT have adopted the calendar of activities for this year’s championship.
Meeting at the General Assembly this Saturday, March 19 in Buea, the members deliberated on issues that concerned the smooth start of the championship, from the allocation of the various pools and the fixtures.
In his opening address, the interim president of SW FECAFOOT, Ndazeh Valery called on the local administrators to do everything possible to see that this year’s football championship is played on the modern infrastructures the region has.
“This will provide better conditions for our players and the teams and this will help reduce cost because if we have good pitches, it will prevent us from having more injuries and will make our games much better,” he said.
With the cries for the region to have at least an Elite 2 team looking at the several modern-day infrastructures in the region, the interim president has called on the football stakeholders to be united and forged a part where they can collaborate with their colleagues.
Ndazeh Valery said: “I understand it is going to be a challenging season but I am counting on us all to make the season a success. We must do everything it takes to bring an Elite 2 team to this region. We have all it takes to do so.”
“We can only do this if we stand as one man to make it. I am calling on the teams that we should keep our differences aside and look at the football ahead of us. We should take our game to be fair.”
“Today marks that day that the barrenness will be out to an end. It is our responsibility to ensure that an elite 2 should be in the Region come to the end of this season,” SW FECAFOOT intern president Ndazeh Valery concluded.
The same sentiments for the region to have an Elite 2 ticket was re-echoed by SW Governor’s Representative Fonju Njukang Bernard as he noted that for the past years, the region has been lagging at the national level having produced outstanding players in the past for the national team, including former Captain Steven Tataw.
“We have had situations where teams from the Elite 1 have come and played games on our pitches, some have used our grounds as their home pitches. The South West cannot be a unite simply for being spectators; that other teams come here to play and we go to the field to clap,” Fonju Bernard said.
“The General Assembly should take a firm stand to do everything in their power to ensure that the South West occupies its deserved position in national football. We should do everything to ensure that the region is not simply a region of spectators but a region of actors.”
The 2021-22 South West Regional Championship will kick off this Sunday, March 27with two blockbuster fixtures. At 1 pm, Njalla Quan Sports Academy will face newcomers Al Jazeera SA. The second game at 3 pm will see SW Mini Interpool finalist Limbe Football Club Association, LIFCA faces Isles of Hope Sports Academy, ISOHSA.
The rest of the Matchday one fixtures have been programmed for Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31 in Buea, Tiko, Kumba and Limbe.
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