By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer,

The blue side of the Northwest, many at times likened to the blue half of Manchester, has risen just like Manchester City did in the 2011/2012 season.

Deputy captain of newly crowned Elite One Champions – Mbah Louiz Enjoanei was dumbstruck at the moment approached him for a reaction, but then, the U-23 Cameroon International had to find words to describe how he received the news.

Mbah Louiz in action for PWD

Having witnessed the highs and lows of the team being one of the oldest still donning the royal blue and immaculate white stripes, Mbah was there when the team caressed the shark’s mouth and escaped the bite (Escaped relegation in both Elite One and Elite Two championships.)

It was an announcement that sparked wild scenes amongst PWD supporters was aired on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

The Abakwa Boys graced the vacant throne which UMS Loum had left after FECAFOOT’s decision to end local football championships in the country.

The Northwest flag bearers automatically became champions with 47 points on the perking order closely followed by Cotonsport of Garoua with 46 points.

Despite not having gotten to red-hot form, Mbah’s work ethic and role as a leader cannot be overemphasized.

The latter has featured in 16 games for the Abakwa Boys this season, mainly due to a knee injury sustained in the early days of the season and scored a goal in that nail biting encounter against Dragon Football Club in Yaounde.

Read the emblematic midfielder, Mbah Louiz:

‘I am overwhelmed with the recent developments and sort of lost for words to express my feelings. The season has been a very difficult one for us and at the end we’ve emerged as Champions! I am very glad, thanking God almighty for this opportunity given to us.

‘This is definitely going to be as an exposure for us to a bigger stage.

‘I want to thank the PWD players and staff, the administration and equally our fans for the wonderful job done. Without the supporters we are nothing. We put in a lot and made our own luck,’ Mbah finished.

Just six games were left to the end the football season, before Covid-19 struck.

PWD of Bamenda in effect have won the title for the first time after 58 years of existence. Founded in 1962 by the then Public Works, PWD of Bamenda went close to winning their first silverwares but lost two Cameroon cup finals, in 1967 to Canon of yaounde and in 1979 to Dynamo of Douala. As an icing on The cake, reigning Champions – PWD of Bamenda will represent the country at the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League. This was really meant to be their year in paradise after that rat race relegation battle last season.

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