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PWD: How Pascal Abunde took the Abakwa Boys from Bamenda to the world in SIX years

April 16, 2021 marks six years since Pascal Abunde took over as PWD's president.

Friday April 16, 2021 marks Exactly six years since the Pascal Abunde led executive took over the helm of the legendary Cameroon club, PWD Social Football Club of Bamenda [16 April 2015 to 16 April 2021].

Six years down the lane, much water has passed under the bridge, and the transformation within the Abakwa Boys has been real.

When the Pascal Abunde, Njoya Joseph and Charly Boyo Bureau took over in 2015, they named the project “PWD in the community”. A project that has seen the team move from the regional league to the continental scene within a twinkle of an eye.

Pascal Abunde (first from the right), Njoya Joseph (second from the right) and Charly Boyo, Executive bureau of PWD

Taking up a team that was in ruins and seemingly disappearing from the limelight, needed a courageous leader, and then 35_year_old Pascal Abunde, summoned the courage to take up the daunting task.

PWD Social football Club of Bamenda

The moves were swift and the impact was immediate. By December 2015, PWD were crowned Champions of the North West regional league, and were already taking part in the national interpool, where they eventually grabbed a ticket for the elite two championship. Already a step in the right direction and the start of something big.

The 2016_2017 football season marked a comeback to the country’s second tier for the Abakwa Boys. A topsy turvy campaign it was for them, as the team struggled and eventually survived relegation. Lessons were learned, notes were taken and eventually corrections were made in the 2017_2018 season, as the Abakwa Boys picked up an Elite One ticket, thanks to their second place finish.

Their comeback amongst the country’s elites was definitely not going to be a bed of roses. A tough 2018_2019 season, could only lay the groundworks for a history making 2019_2020 campaign.

The visionary leader, Pascal Abunde, brought in David Pagou as head coach. The squad was strengthen with youthful exuberance and experience. After 28 league games played, the Abakwa Boys were riding at the top with 47 points, and eventually declared Champions of the Cameroon top flight. Consequently, the first major piece of silverware for the club in their 58_year_old history.

With their statue as Cameroon Champions, the CAF champions league was next on the agenda. It is true that the Abakwa Boys could not brave the odds against South African giants, Kaizer Chiefs, the second riches club in the continent, but they left the competition with heads high.

The Pascal Abunde led executive gave many youngsters the opportunity to journey out of the national frontiers, with high profile friendly games in Equatorial Guinea and Libyia.

So it will not be an over statement to say that 41_year_Old Pascal Abunde, business man and holder of an Executive MBA in leadership, Governance and performance, has taken PWD from Bamenda to the world in six years.

For his exceptional leadership, Pascal Abunde has won several distinctions during this six years period.

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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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