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Elite one: PWD vs Stade Renard, Match guide



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

Cameroon league one champions, PWD of Bamenda will this Tuesday November 10, 2020, play host to Stade Renard of Melong, in the League’s opener for the 2020_2021 football season. The game is scheduled for the YOSA Stadium in Mile six Nkwen, Bamenda.


PWD of Bamenda will be playing their first competitive game game since March 11, 2020, when they defeated Union Sportive of Douala 2#1 at the Limbe Middle Farm stadium, to win the league one title. The Abakwa Boys would want to start the new football season just the way they ended the previous campaign.

The icing on the cake is the fact that PWD will be receiving their 2019_2020 league winners trophy, during the game against Stade Renard. David Pagou and his boys will be out on a mission to avoid defeat and pick up a win, in order not to spoil what will be the first ever league one title celebration the North West region has ever witnessed.


It will be just the second time both sides are meeting in the top flight. Last season, PWD held Stade Renard to a one all draw in Melong on Sunday 12 January, 2020, thanks to a goal from Leon Boyomo. Both sides could not meet again in the return leg that was programmed in Bamenda, as the league ended abruptly, due to the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic.

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Both sides have been very active in the transfer market. A couple of players will be making their competitive debuts for both clubs.

For PWD of Bamenda, all eyes will be on Goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido, who is arguably the club’s best signing of the transfer market. The former Dragon, Astres, Unisport and club Industriel Kamsar safe hands, will like start within the sticks for the Abakwa Boys.

Vincent Paul Ngondi, Mohammed Aboubakar, Hamzat Ibrahim Onotu, Moluh Mohammed, Tchaoua Leger, Enyegue François and Emmanuel Samuel, all newly acquired, have been included in the match day squad and are in contention for a place in David Pagou’s starting XI. Perhaps the old brooms will play a vital role in helping the new comers withstand the pressure from the home crowd. Ndeh Collins, Burinyuy Derrick, Boung Joel Ondoa, Maël Dindjeke, Mbah Louiz and co, are definitely the backbone of the Abakwa Boys.

Let’s talk Stade Renard of Melong. The club from the Mungo Division is out for serious business. Kooh Jules, Serge Wohting, Armand Georges Bikele, and Fabrice Onana, are amongst the newly acquired players for the team and their experience is going to be a plus for the Melong Outfit.

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Coach David Pagou led PWD to their first ever league triumph in the club’s 58_year history. He penned a contract extension with the club in June, and will be aiming to replicate his exploits of last season.

Coach Gabriel Zabo is the man in charge for Stade Renard. The experience tactician joined the club from Colombe, where he had a fantastic ride last season. The former AS Matelots man is largely considered as one of the best tacticians in the country.


PWD of Bamenda is like to be without Nchindo John Bosco and Basile Yamkam who are all in camp with Cameroon’s intermediate lions. Nchindo scored five goals and provided eight assist for the Abakwa Boys last term, while Yamkam was at his near perfect form, in David Pagou’s back three.

For Stade Renard, Goalkeeper Epane Epane Letizi and newly acquired forward, Francis Elimbi, are also camping with the intermediate lions and are doubtful for Tuesday’s showdown.

PWD has had a near perfect preseason, during they played 12 friendly games, recording six wins, three draws, three defeats, 25 Goals Scored and 13 conceded.

So take the rendezvous this Tuesday November 10, at the YOSA Stadium in Mile six Nkwen, as from 2:30pm.

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Bamboutos FC holding Mark O’Ojong back



Reported to be in Tunisia in anticipation for a two-year deal with US Tataouine, Mark O’Ojong is being held back by parent club Bamboutos FC.

The 23 year old is yet to receive a formal ‘okay’ from Bamboutos FC, who at this point, are bargaining for a higher pay package.

The 23-year-old is seriously engaged with Tataouine as he has played in some preseason friendlies already.

The player however, has written to the club together with his entourage and expects a reply by Wednesday.

Bamboutos’ president, Dr. Roger Ngoula, has to put his signature on already compiled documents, but seems too busy.

O’Ojong Mark scored three goals and a couple of assists in as many matches for Bamboutos last season. His on – field heroics gave him the right to captain the Intermediate Lions till early October. however keeps tracking the developments to keep her readers up to speed with the situation.

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Pagou wins tactical battle as PWD holds up Al Ahli



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

Cameroon league one champions PWD Social football Club of Bamenda has played a zero all tie with Al Ahli Tripoli, in the return leg friendly, at the Tripoli International stadium on Saturday afternoon.

PWD defeated Al Ahli 2#1 in the first leg last Wednesday, and coming into Saturday’s game, coach David Pagou made a tactical shift, opting for a back four, instead of his usual back three formation.

Burinyuy Derrick was recalled into the starting XI after watching Wednesday’s game on the bench. Basile Yamkam was brought to his usual right back position, after operating at a wing forward during Wednesday’s game.

Coach Pagou choosed to sacrifice a Midfielder, Aboubakar Mohammed from his starting XI of last Wednesday, so as to accommodate four at the back. He equally preferred a more technical and pacey Enyegue François to start, while he prepared Mbah Louiz and Fegue Omgba to do the dirty job in the last quarter of the game.

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As home side Al Ahli executed a whopping seven substitutions in the game, coach David Pagou stayed calm, and only brought in Fegue Omgba and Mbah Louiz in the last quarter of the game to reinforce his Midfield, sacrificing a wing forward (Tchaoua Leger) and young Midfielder, Enyegue François.

Pagou’s game plan largely centered around staying solid at the back, two holding Midfielders, Ndeh Collins and Vincent Paul Ngondi to cut off the offensive from Al Ahli, while Nchindo John Bosco, Tchaoua Leger and Billy Samin, negotiated all the counter attacks.

PWD’s back four showed great Resilience and a good reading of the game. Nyaba Brian was at the top of his game, as he made a series of goal serving tackles. Burinyuy Derrick was unbeatable in one on one duels.

Leaving Tripoli with a win and a draw from two games, it will not be an overstatement to say that David Pagou has pulled another tactical masterpiece.

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Reacting to the game, coach Pagou said;

It was a CAF standard game, so we’re happy for the results. We thank Al Ahli and the Libyian football federation for this opportunity. We will go back to Yaoundé with good memories of Libya”.

The Abakwa Boys return to Cameroon on Sunday and will immediately go camping in Limbe, ahead of their CAF Champions league preliminary round fixture against Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.

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Confirmed: John Bosco to captain PWD against Al Ahli



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

18_year_old Midfielder, Nchindo John Bosco will captain PWD Social football Club of Bamenda during their return leg Friendly game at the Tripoli International stadium on Saturday afternoon, against Al Ahli Tripoli.

Coach David Pagou has decided to hand the captains armband to the youngster, following his dazzling performance in their previous games.

PWD defeated Al Ahli 2#1 on Wednesday in the first leg. John Bosco’s 14 minute equalizer was the galvanizing force in PWD’s comeback.

The former Ebaidino FC Midfielder was surprisingly handed the armband after Louis Mbah was substituted in the second segment of the game, upon instructions from coach David Pagou.

With Mbah Louiz set to start on the bench in this Saturday’s game, coach Pagou has decided to give the leadership role to the 18_year_old prospect, despite recalling  regular match captain, Burinyuy Derrick into the starting XI. Derrick watched the entire 90 minutes of Wednesday’s game from the bench, as coach Pagou preferred a back three of Boung Joel Ondoa, Ngwang Brian and Hamzat Ibrahim Onotu, and later on brought in Billy Samin for Hamzat.

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Nchindo John Bosco has scored four goal in preseason friendlies for PWD this far. He scored two against South Sudan, and one in the international Solidarity tourney – Yaounde, before his equalizer last Wednesday in Tripoli. In total, John Bosco has scored 10 career goals for PWD and provided eight assist, since he joined the club from Ebaidino FC in the 2018_2019 season.

John Bosco has been a revelation from last season. His works have started dragging interest from several categories of the national set-up, the Intermediate Lions being inclusive.

According to inside sources, Pagou’s choice of a match captain depends on a player who understands and transmits his philosophy, and he thinks Nchindo John Bosco is one of them.

With Burinyuy Derrick returning to the starting XI for today’s game, and Billy Samin and Yamkam Basile all starting, coach Pagou is going in for a back four, one of the rare occasions where he has shifted from his usual back three. The last time he effectively used four at the back, was in Limbe back in March, during PWD’s 2#1 over Union Sportive of Douala, where he had Njang Romeo, Boung Joel, Burinyuy Derrick and Basile Yamkam.

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