By Ekema Njoku .M.
Friday, March 1, 2019, Team Buea, alias The Mountain Boys called the presence of God in the lives of the players and club management. They also used the occasion to reveal new home kit for Southwest Championship.
The retreat began with praise and worship then, a video session of footballers who are followers of Jesus Christ like; former Cameroon international and vice-captain Eyong Enoh, Brazilian born and former German international Cacau, Zambia’s Jacob Mulunga, former Aston Villa and United States of America International shot stopper Guzan and former world best player Brazilian born Ricardo Kaka. These are a crop of footballers who sort the face of God and achieved great success. According to Kaka in the video “With God, we achieve things we least expect; He is interested in you as an individual, not your achievements.”
Receiving the word of God from Brother Enang, which was drawn from the books of Romans 12:1&2, 1st Corinthians 6-12-20 and also from John 3, the players were challenged by the word God to stay away from sins of the flesh like fornication which is common among sports lovers and football players. They were told to present their bodies as living sacrifices to God.
The man of God, Pastor Willy Herbert, drew his word from the book of James 4:8 and urged the players to know that God is interested in the posture of your heart, not how perfect you are but how passionate you are about Him and issues that are related to Him.
Pastor Willy, talking to Atlantic Chronicles after the retreat when asked why he and Coach
Enang chose to minister to sportsmen and women, said “We are trying to change the sacred and circular that is, interest in sports life and the church or things that are related to God. With this, we are letting sports men and women know that they can worship God and be involved sporting activities.”
Speaking to Foube Dirane the captain of the team, he said the retreat has been like a source of inspiration the team “and with this, we have learned a lot from players like Kaka, Eyong Enoh and even our coach who has been a footballer.”
Speaking to Atlantic Chronicles, Enang N. Severin who doubles as the organizer of the retreat and head coach of Buea United, said “before every season I make sure my players and footballers from other clubs seek the face of God to help them in their endeavors. This year was different because of the insecurity, we were forced to keep it low key and just do it with my club Buea United.”