Ekema Njoku M.
Poor preparation leads to poor performance. It is for this reason that Coach Edwin Teteh is taking over as new head coach of the Southwest region’s Olympic team selected players to prepare for the tournament which is to take place in Bafoussam from December 14-22.
22 players were called from more than 3 clubs in the SW regional league and from MTN Elite 1; Catholic University SA, Cinyodev FA, Continental FA, Buea United, Dynamic FC, CESYL SA, St Stephen, Feutcheu FC and Union Douala. With CUSA having a greater share in the number players called up for the tournament.
Final 16 players retained from the list of 22
Kellen Ashu (CUSA)
Donald Azeh (St Stephen)
Kingsley Che (Cinyodev)
Etah Manoh (CUSA)
Malone Che (Union)
Theodore Terhamba (Continental)
Adrian Akwi (Dynamic)
Rahim Molive (Cinyodev)
Moses Aye (Buea United)
Ben Eugene (Dynamic)
Valery Baka (CUSA)
Felix Enow (CUSA)
Fabrice Ebai (CUSA)
Noel Ajoh (Feutcheu)
Kelvin Leku (Dynamic)
Pride Lyonga (Buea United)
Due to time limitation, the SW selection trained twice a week as a team and a friendly was organised every weekend to test the players. Edwin Teteh urged the players to do individual workout on days they were not going to be having training sessions. The training sessions were a crash programme as most players had dropped in their fitness and stamina level because they have not been training since the end of the 2017/2018 season in the region.
Tactician Teteh lined-up a series of friendly matches for his selection. This was to see how they assimilated what they practiced during week. Another reason for the friendlies was to observe the players individually, and as a team, their game intelligence, endurance, capacity, cohesion, team spirit, stamina among many other aspects which a player and a team need to be in a tournament.
In the first outing, the SW Olympic team was humbled 2-1 by the academicians of Saint Stephen, the second friendly opposed another Academy Dream Stars, and coach Teteh’s boys urged them by a 2-0 defeat. In the third friendly Babungo FC kept the SW selection on their toes, but it ended 3-2 in favour the Dixiade team.
To conclude a series of friendlies, the SW selection clashed with Soccer for Hope and this proved a tough one for the first 20minutes, but the resistance was broken as the Soccer for hope were laminated 5-3. A score appreciated by the Coach who remains optimistic that his side can bring the trophy to the Southwest region after a long time.