BOVA UNITED ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE MUSONGE MUSOKE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
By Moki S. Mokondo in Buea for Fako UK/Fako News Centre
Bova United are this year’s champions of the Musonge Musoke Memorial BONAVADA Football competition that took place in Wonakanda village, Buea. They scored the winning goal from the penalty spot during normal playing time. The final that was played on Saturday 25 August, 2012, pitted Bova United against Okada (commercial motorbike riders) FC.
The Wonakanda community field was jammed to capacity with football fans drawn from the surrounding villages. It started raining cats-and-dogs once the referee sounded his whistle and everybody ran for shelter in the surrounding houses and canopies provided by the organising committee. Yet the players did not give up as they were all determined to grasp the trophy.
However, at the end of the second half, the score-line stood at 1-0 in favour of Bova United. Their fans swarmed the playing ground with their drums and danced with their players after the referee sounded his final whistle, closing the match and the tournament.
Before the start of the match, the Chief of Bwitingi Village, H.R.H Chief John Njie Mokossa who represented the cup donor Mola Martin Yangange Musonge, had called for fair-play and entreated all the players to respect the rules of the game. He gave the sum of 10,000 frs to the first goal scorer during the final.
This cup carried a cash prize of 500,000 frs cfa and of this sum; the cup winners took home the sum of CFA FRS 150,000 and other material and cash prizes to individual talents. Prizes were given to the most disciplined player and team. The best player in the tournament, the highest goal scorer and players who demonstrated spectacular talents received special rewards like football boots and cash prizes.
Before the kick-off of the final, there was also a cross-country race in both the female and male categories, whose winners also took home cash prizes. Some didactic materials were also presented to Government Primary School Bova, Wonakanda, Bwitingi and Government Nursery School Bova.