Fans and supporters of PWD Social Football Club of Bamenda have continued the cry for a stadium in the North West region.
During the 2021 Cameroon Cup Final match at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium on Sunday March 13, many fans of the Bamenda based football club displayed with banners to show their dissatisfaction and need for a befitting stadium.
Pictured with banners bearing different messages like “we need a stadium in Bamenda,” “we know how to play football, but we don’t have a stadium in Bamenda”
Some among the thousands of fans who travelled from Bamenda were pictured at different angles of the stadium with different messages to let officials know that they have gone a long way without one.
Speaking to some of the fans after the match, they said now is the right time for authorities to look into the situation, especially as their club lifted the trophy.
“I think PWD has proven it that Bamenda needs a stadium. We will be happy if government looks into the situation,” Ernest Suh, a fan said
Speaking during a press conference, after his club lifted its first ever Cameroon Cup, David Pagou, Coach of PWD Bamenda reiterated that he has been having sleepless nights just like the Bamenda people concerning the situation.
“It is not my fault, because I am just a trainer, but I always do my best each time I am confronted by the press. I always voiced it out that we need a stadium in Bamenda,” Coach David Pagou said, adding that it is the only way that he as a coach can show concern.
Coach Pagou also said the poor pitch which acts as a training and play ground has greatly affected his players.
“We train in the dusts and mud everyday. According to many instances, we usually win more away matches than home, which shows that our field is not good…,” Coach Pagou added
The North West region, which have a total of five elite clubs, three division one and two division two has been for years without a befitting pitch since the Municipal stadium was abandoned.
All elite clubs in the region have been depending on the Yong Sports arena stadium, which doesn’t have qualities of a football stadium.
On February 13, FECAFOOT president, Samuel Eto’o sent his Head of Missions, Emmanuel Maboang Kessack to Bamenda to look into the stadium issue and access the Municipal stadium to see the situation.
Though Maboang Kessack assured the population that a befitting stadium will be constructed in the town of Bamenda ‘in no time’, many still don’t believe in his words, because one month after he left Bamenda, no move has been done.
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