By Beng Emmanuel
Sports contributor Ginainforms
PWD Bamenda have won their first major championship title in 58 years after the Cameroon Football Federation ( FECAFOOT ) abruptly ended the country’s domestic championships, May 12, 2020 after consultative talks with football stakeholders.
The Bamenda based outfit have become the second English speaking Cameroonian club in 11 years to win the League one title after Tiko United in 2009.
Astre of Douala and Louves Minprof have also been crowned champions of the Elite Two championship,and the women’s top tier League respectively for the season.
These resolutions are contained in a communique signed by FECAFOOT President Seidou Mbombo Njoya. According to the release, the verdict pronouncing PWD, Astre and Louves Minprof as champions of Cameroon came after talks with the Cameroon Transitional Technical Committee (CTT),and officials of the women’s football League. It also details the contribution of the Union of Elite clubs of Cameroon (SYCEC),the players Syndicate SYNAFOC alongside FECAFOOT’s medical and security commission to the said decision.
The communiqué further confirms the promotion of Astre of Douala and YAFOOT to the top tier championship. Clubs who fell within the 15,16,17, and 18 position of the elite one table due relegation as per the rules of the championship have been maintained. There will also be no relegation across the different leagues as well. Meanwhile all regional championships have been annuled.
The decision by Cameroon’s football regulatory body comes at a time when many championships around the world are gearing up for resumption.
Mauritius Island, Guinea, Burkina Faso,Kenya and Ethiopia had also canceled their domestic championships.
FECAFOOT’s supremo, Seidou Mbombo Njoya,has consistently declared the health of players as a priority and has been steadfast despite calls from some football stakeholders and die heart fans to resume the championship.
PWD championship status implies they will represent Cameroon at the CAF Champions League next season. It is the first time in 16 years the Cameroonian elect- champions will feature at the continental stage after being part of the CAF Confederation cup in 2004.