The captain of PWD Social football Club of Bamenda Mbah Louiz, has stated that their CAF Champions league experience is a life changer, despite their early exit from the competition.
PWD bowed out 0#1 on aggregate following their double header against Kaizer Chiefs. Though the Abakwa Boys are leaving the competition prematurely, the experience gathered and lessons learned, will stay forever, as per team captain, Mbah Louiz.
“It is very disappointing to be out this soon. I feel very sorrowful because we really wanted to go far in the competition. You know football is one of the things keeping the people of the North West and South West regions Happy at the moment. It could have been great joy and pride for them to see us go very far, but football is a game of consistency and luck, because we tried our best, gave everything we had, but unfortunately we did not qualify for the next phase”, Mbah Louiz told Mysoccer24.com.
“We learned a lot, based on the fact that it is the highest level of football in Africa and it is a wonderful experience and we now know how to tackle such games in future, if God permits us to reach this level again. We now have a glimpse of what the African Champions league is all about and I believe the next time we come into this kind of competition, we know what is required of us”.
“It is a life changing expérience because now I see football in a totally different way. You know playing football in cameroon is not the same like playing football in South Africa. Our opponents were more professional. What has happened, has happened, but I’m glad we attended this level because most of us had to understand football at this high level. Our take away from this will be that we need to work extremely hard again, if we want to ever reach this level again, we have to work extremely hard. That’s the only way we can come back next year. We need to do a lot in our domestic league and ensure that we stay at the top come the end of next season so that we can represent Cameroon again in the CAF champions league”, Mbah added.
On a personal note, Mbah Louiz is overwhelmed by experience gathered.
“It has helped me a lot. Playing against clubs from other countries, like Kaizer Chiefs, a house name in African football, was something else. I’m really proud that we made it to this level and I’m very grateful to almighty God who gave me the strength and energy to see this stage. It is a really bigger platform to showcase the talents we have. It is rather unfortunate that our journey was cut short”.
PWD’s early elimination from the CAF champions league, has put an end to their ambitious drive, of getting into the group stage of the continent’s most prestigious club competition.
The international Campaign for the Abakwa Boys, both competitive and friendly games, have seen them facing four different teams, from four different countries, Futuro Kings of Mongomo from Equatorial Guinea, South Sudanese national team, Al Ahli Tripoli and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa. During this run, the Abakwa Boys have recorded two victories (PWD 3#0 South Sudan, Al Ahli 1#2 PWD), three draws (Futuro Kings 0#0 PWD, Al Ahli 0#0 PWD, PWD 0#0 Kaizer Chiefs), and just one defeat (Kaizer Chiefs 1#0 PWD).
Mbah Louiz and his mates have definitely tapped a lot from the six International games, which will definitely be a great boaster to their careers.