- Minister Mbayu Felix and co has gingered PWD officials with the sum of 50 Millions FCFA ahead of the 2023 Cup of Cameroon final
- PWD will face Fovu of Baham in a rare all-grassfield cup of Cameroon final
- PM Joseph Dion Ngute will chair the final
- It is PWD’s fourth Cup of Cameroon final in history while Fovu chase their third triumph in the competition
- The game will kick-off at 3:30PM local time at the historic Ahmadou Ahidjo
- Both clubs meet in the final for the first time
The management of Public Works Department SFC led by Pascal Abunde, have received a whopping 50 millions FCFA from the Elites of the English extraction Regions of Cameroon as part of support to enhance preparations of the club for a successful 2023 Cup of Cameroon final on Sunday.
For the second time in three years, PWD of Bamenda will descend at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, this time around against fellow ‘grass field’ region side, Fovu of Baham with another Cup of Cameroon final victory in mind.
Ahead of the final, state and parastatal officials led by Minister Mbayu Felix, have manifested their commitment to achieving social cohesion and nation building through football by donating to PWD of Bamenda – the mother club of Anglo-Saxon Cameroon.
On Friday September 22, the Minister Delegate in charge of the Supreme State Audit, Mbah Acha Rose, chaired a meeting that took place at the Ambassadors Hall of the ministry of External Relations and brought together a number of top rank officials to hand the financial package to the club.
The said cash was generated via a fundraiser event which was initiated by Minister Mbayu Felix – the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy Planning and Regional Development.
Other members of Government attended Friday’s event including; Governor Adolf Lele L’Afrique of the North-West Region, Parliamentarians, Members of the Regional Assembly, supporters, club management and well-wishers, who also had as commitment to encourage the club’s administration to put the resources to full use and ensure football continues to play its role in nation building.
“These contributions show that PWD Bamenda is a major player for our social cohesion,” Minister Felix Mbayu explained.
Minister Mbayu led the popular initiative which lasted from the day the team defeated Stade Bandjoun 2-1, to qualify for the Cup of Cameroon final in July this year. They raised 50.7 Millions FCFA as at closing hour on Thursday, September 21.
50 Millions FCFA has been handed to president Abunde, while the rest of the cash has been directed towards other aspects of preparations for the game.
This is the second major fundraiser for the club led by Elites of the English extraction of Cameroon in the mission to promote peace through football.
Just under two years ago, the same Elites generated over 60 Millions FCFA to buy the current luxurious bus the club uses for its movements. That was on the heels of an unfortunate fire incident that consumed the previous carrier en route to Yaoundé for a league game.
For the Abakwa Boys, the off-the-pitch build up to the final has been quite galvanizing. They have received support from state officials, private business institutions amongst others.
PWD and Fovu of Baham will battle in the first-ever cup final between both sides, hoping to add value to their already rich history in the competition.
Fovu popularly known as the Yongwa Boys won the Cup in 2001 and 2010 while the Abakwa Boys only triumph in three previous finals (1979, 1981, 2020) was the latest edition. PWD won the trophy courtesy of a ‘wicked’ free-kick shot from Chem Hebert against Astre which sent Abakwa into total frenzy. Understandably so as it was their first triumph in the competition and helped erase memories of the Epesse and co finals of the past which ended in defeats and tears.
In a related development, PWD of Bamenda is expected to transport at least 7000 fans for free from Northwest and Southwest for the unique event in which president Paul Biya or his representative will grace.
Sunday’s game will kick-off at 3:30 PM local time and it will mark the close of the sporting season for all disciplines across the country.
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