The woes of Anglophones in Cameroon were further compounded over the weekend, when two of their soccer flag bearers in the 2017 Cup of Cameroon semi finals were humiliated and booted out of the competition.
After a torrid 2017 in the political, social, academic, judicial and economic spheres, many Anglophones took solace in sports to soothe their excruciating pains as the only two clubs West of the Mungo viz: Victoria United aka OPOPO of Limbe in the South West Region and Young Sports Academy (YOSA) of Bamenda in the North West sailed through to the semi finals of the competition.
As the two clubs took to the green turf over the weekend in Douala, many Anglophones were upbeat that one of the clubs in the former West Cameroon will make it to the final, even if it meant helping the Government to drum her one an indivisible political rhetoric during the final of the competition that will be hosted at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
That was however not the case for Anglophone clubs as their journey to the final of the tourney was scuttled by two uncompromising teams from the Littoral Region.
On Saturday, November 4, Victoria United aspirations of reaching the Cup of Cameroon’s final for the first time came to a premature end when they were thumped 2-0 by New Stars FC of Douala.
After their spectacular victories over Feutcheu FC of Ndjiko in the 8th finals and Racing of Bafoussam in the 1/4 finals, many fans of OPOPO were already celebrating a place at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium for the final of the competition before their match against New Stars FC was played. But the Victoria boys failed to live up to expectation.
Despite the team’s elimination, OPOPO made history in the Cup of Cameroon’s anals as it became the first team in the South West Regional League to reach the semi finals of the Cup of Cameroon.
The team also equalled the 2016 record of FC Internationale of Yaounde to be the second Regional League team to be eliminated from the prestigious tournament at the semi finals.
Meanwhile, despite savouring a back to back victory over UMS of Loum in the just ended Cameroon Pro-League, Yong Sport Academy of Bamenda, on Sunday, November 5, failed to replicate their soccer hegemony over the Loum based team as they were thrashed 2-0 in Douala.
The 2017 Cup of Cameroon final will therefore be an all Littoral Regional affair as New Stars FC will battle it out with UMS of Loum for the trophy, while YOSA and OPOPO will have to go back to the drawing board.