Monday, July 11, 2011

Cameroon: Female Category Introduced in Dr. Ngongi’s Yearly Inter-quarter Football Tournament

L-R:Mayor Moki,Dr. Ngongi(in sport wear)  at last year's kick off

By Christopher Ambe 
 The third edition of Dr. Amos Namanga Ngongi's Inter-Quarter Football Tournament ,which is  intended to keep the youth and students usefully occupied during long holidays, kicked off yesterday July 10 at the Molyko Omni sport Stadium-Buea.
 The crowd-pulling tournament this year has seen the introduction of a female category and an increase in the cash trophy, which now stands at two million Fcfa, up from Fcfa 1.5 million.
 But the female category that will start on July 13 ,and will be competed for by four teams, has a cash trophy of one million francs
The Governor of the Southwest Region represented by Obame Jean-Claude, the Inspector-general at the Governor’s Office ,presided at the launching ceremony that was  attended by over 3000 football lovers.
 A march- past of participating teams, cultural dances and other side attractions added pomp to the ceremony.

The tournament ,according to the cup donor Dr. Ngongi ,is a yearly.
Mr. Obame did the kick-off in the opening match between Eto'o Fans Club of Sandpit (current cup holders) and Cinyodev FC of Molyko, which ended in a goal less draw.
Dr. Namanga  Ngongi is the President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) with residence in Kenya and frontline elite of Fako Division of Cameroon. He is also a noted philanthropist, whose assistance to the needy of society is an open secret.
Fourteen (14) teams in the male category and four in the female category are competing in the tournament, whose finals will be on August 27(female category) and 28 August (male category)
Gover nor's envoy greeting match officals at last year's kick -off
 As in the previous editions, Dr. Ngongi,the cup donor supplied all the participating teams new sets of jerseys .
 Dr. Ngongi, in his opening remarks at the launching said the competition is intended to develop football talents, as well as keep residents of Buea especially students and other young people usefully busy during this long vacation.
A host of dignitaries such as  Ndip  Akem Victor, a former indomitable lions defender; Professor Victor Julius Ngoh, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Buea  and  Ekema  Patrick, Deputy Mayor of Buea  as well as traditional rulers witnessed the opening ceremony.
 Cameroon’s football icon, Milla Roger who was programmed to witness the kick- off of inter-quarter competition could not make it for unexplained reasons. But it is hoped that he will attend the finals. 

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