By Ekema Njoku .M.
The Southwest football boys’ team has begun training to represent the region in the national Olympics (Dixiade) , to be hosted by Bafoussam, in the West Region.
Southwest regional selection’s head coach Teteh Edwin who also doubles in that capacity for the legendary club of the Southwest and Limbe, Njalla Quan’s Sports Academy, has already made public his 16-man squad to take part in the preparatory face.
Goalkeepers: Ashu Kellen (CUSA Buea), Mbi Derick (CESYL SA Tiko).
Defenders: Che Kingsley (CINYODEV FA Buea), Etah Manoh (CUSA Buea), Che Malone (Union Douala), Cariton Ndokgo (CESYL SA Tiko), Moses Aye (Buea United).
Midfielders: Rahim Molive (CINYODEV FA Buea), Terhamba Theodore (Continental FA Buea), Ben Eugene (Dynamic Buea), Pride Lyonga (Buea United), Baka Valery (CUSA Buea).
Attackers: Albert Tiku (CESYL SA Tiko), Ajoh Noel (Feutcheu FC), Nkamlah Fortsin (CINYODEV Buea), Enow Felix (CUSA Buea).
A friendly encounter was organised by the coach to test the assimilation of the players after a week’s practice. He was out to test cohesion, understanding, and physical stamina of the team.
In the first friendly match played at the survey school play-ground, the boys of coach Teteh clashed with Coach Sam Che’s academy, St Stephen. The academicians were so resilient and dominated the game all through with their “tikitaka” style of play making things very difficult for the SW selection who could keep a clean sheet only during the first half.
Eyong Ramson opened scores for academicians, converting a ball that initially got the post of their opponents. Ben Eugene levelled scores for the dixiade team at the 77th minute but received a stun barely ten minutes to end by a strike from substitute Atemkeng Forbin that was wrongly calculated by Goalkeeper Derick, and by the 90th minute, it was two goals for St Stephen and one for the southwest regional selection.
In the absence of coach Teteh, principal coach of the dixiade team, Coach Enang Severin took charge of the team and granted an interview to Atlantic Chronicles. He said
“Since the end of last season, most of the players have not been training and this made it very difficult for most of the players, who lacked cohesion and physical stamina. The team has talent and with coach Teteh who is a physical trainer, I am sure they will be ready in the next two weeks for the games in Bafoussam. He said.