- 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 finals of the 2023 football Cup of Cameroon will be played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé this afternoon.
PWD Social Football Club of Bamenda from the North West region and Fovu Club of Baham from the West will match up in the much-awaited stellar finale.
Ahead of the All-Grass Field showdown at 3:30pm, Yaoundé, the historic host city of the national challenge cup has reached a bubbling peak.
The city mainly known for it’s traditional quietness on Sundays has been completely transformed to a makeshift massive sporting theater with talks unprecedentedly anchored on the Cup finale.
The exciting build up is not just limited to the pre-match boastful talks. Drinking and dancing is aplenty.
Neighborhoods like Biyem Assi, Obili and Carriere known for being zones dominated by Anglophones and people from the West region, particular dominate proceedings here.
Makeshift business spots have also been set up by business operators who want to stop at nothing to milk out some cash from the golden opportunity.
The operators have not fallen short in making the cash expected from the ventures.
One of such spots set up at the Mfandena Gymnasium, located a five minutes walk from the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium was almost already full to capacity by 11am, almost five hours before the start of the game.
Club gadgets of both PWD Bamenda and Fovu are also in high demand as the match time narrows time. The various fans and supporters of the two teams step up their efforts aimed at ensuring they fully identify with their outfits.
To the fans, the 2023 Cup finals goes beyond being an ordinary day..
Fovu of Baham last won the Cup of Cameroon in 2010. Thirteen years after, the 2010 Cup distinction remains the first major trophy won by a team from the West region.
This stake, leaves fans from the West region who since 2010 has seen clubs from the region losing at least five Cup finals, standing strongly behind the Baham team.
They hope what happened to Panthère of Nde, Bamboutos FC of Mbouda and Lion of Fortuni does not repeat itself in the 2023 finale.
“We have had our share of heartbreaks in the Cup of Cameroon finale. We hope things change this time,” Kamsu Regine, a Fovu fan from Bafoussam said.
“The experiences have been nightmarish to say the least. We hope we go past that this time,” Kamdem Dieudonné, another Fovu fan added.
“We have mobilized at all levels. We have fans supporting the team at the stadium. And back home, the atmosphere is the same with fans and supporters focused on seeing something good happen,” he added.
For fans of PWD Bamenda, the energy is almost the same though orchestrated by a different narrative.
“This is a special moment for us. We want to leave this live and proudly send it down into the history books,” Duna Sherdise, a fan die-hard PWD Bamenda fan said.
In 2013 when Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda beat giants Canon of Yaounde in the finals, Sherdise watched the game in his hometown in Balikumbat.
Last year when PWD Bamenda humbled Astres of Douala to clinch the 2021, Sherdise followed the game fro Bamenda.
“I couldn’t let go of this golden opportunity. This is a historic moment for us,” Sherdise told Kick442.
Sherdise travelled from Bamenda to Yaoundé overnight and has since been following proceedings keenly to see history unfold live.
“I missed the last two finals. I could not miss this one again. We are here for the trophy. We are here to write history together with the team,” Duna who repeatedly watched PWD Bamenda and other Elite teams in Bamenda during match days, said.
“This is a moment to cherish. My family and I are all focused on the final. We want to see PWD Bamenda do this,” Jones, a die-hard PWD Bamenda from Buea in the South West region, said.
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