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AS AWA: Hassan Balla discusses start of the season, new role for Brenda Tabe and quality of the league

AS AWA FC has had an impressive start to the season, with three wins and one draw

The head coach of Cameroon women’s Guinness Super League side, AS AWA FC Hassan Balla Ibrahim, says he is satisfied with his sides start to the season, given the competitive nature of the league.

AWA FC are currently ranked second in the Guinness Super League, with 10 points recorded from four league games. The team that finished runners up in the 2019_2020 season when the league was ended prematurely due to the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic, brought in new elements to reinforce the squad. About 70% of the team was reshuffled, with key figures like Cameroon international, Farida Macha joining the squad.

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“I am satisfied with the start of the season because we have 10 points out of the possible 12. It is not easy as compared to the previous years, because all the teams are solid. For example a team like Ebolowa FC that people thought was a small team, but no don’t be deceived, they are very resistance and have a very good defensive compartment capable of stopping any opponents, but thank God we came back from Ebolowa with all three points”, Coach Hassan Balla told Mysoccer24.com

“Against AS Diamare we grabbed all three points, but that was not really the result we wanted because the objective was to score as many goals as possible. We scored five goals in that game, which was not easy. Against Eclair in SA’A, it was a really complicated match. We were leading 2#0, in the first half, but things started falling apart when my Captain, Owona Mballa picked up an injury and my plans completely changed. Tactically the girls did not understand well what I wanted and we conceded two goals. In Douala last week against Caiman, we had to make up for the points we dropped against Eclair FC. We won in grand style 3#0, despite poor officiating”, the tactician added.

Before the decision of the executive committee of FECAFOOT of Tuesday May 12, 2020 to end the 2019_2020 football season, AS AWA and Louves minproff were tight on 46 points each, and three match days to go. The title was handle to latter based on their better goal difference. Coach Hassan holds that the Covid-19 pandemic stole their title, but says much has changed in his team since then.

“We did a judicious recruitment, but you know the players will take time to settle. We are still in the fourth day of play. At AWA FC we don’t talk too much, it is on the pitch that all is done. All the teams in this league are prepared because they want to play the CAF Women’s Champions league. So it is now on us to prove that we can go far at the top. We will go bit by bit like was the case last year, though Covid-19 stole our title, but we will work hard this season to reach perfection”.

One of the key elements in AS AWA’s scintillating run last season, was 17_year_old Brenda Tabe. The youngster is seemingly struggling to find form this season, but her coach says it is part due to a new role assigned to her.

“The role that Brenda is playing this season is very different to that of last season. For the moment she is not yet 100% fit because of back pain, but worry she will bounce back”

Coach Hassan Balla and his girls will on Sunday December 13, face vision sports FC of Bamenda, in a day five fixture.

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Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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