|Bova FC(female team in red) & Ages Ladies of Bwitingi (in blue)|
By Christopher Ambe
US-based Cameroonian philanthropist, Dr. David Njie Makongo, has launched a football tournament for youth of the BONAVADA Area in Buea Subdivision.
The on-going two-category soccer tournament, which began on August 3 and will end on August 31, is dubbed “Dr.Makongo Bonavada Youth Tournament”.
Some eight male teams and six female teams are competing for the trophies, which will carry cash prizes to the tune of hundreds of thousands of FCFA.
The tournament is taking place in Bokova, village of former Prime Minister, Peter Mafany Musonge.
The launching of the football tournament this year, comes barely one after the same Dr. Makongo launched a scholarship program for Bonavada university students to encourage academic excellence.
BONAVADA is a development association of some 13 villages along the slopes of Mt Cameroon in Buea subdivision and Dr. Makongo hails from Bova, one of the villages that make up BONAVADA, whose current president is Dr. Mbome Njie Victor (Southwest Regional Delegate for Public Health).
According to Mbua Emmanuel Mbua, president of the tournament’s organizing committee, Dr. Makongo’s intention is “to foster unity among Bonavada youth, keep them usefully occupied during this long vacation and help develop and expose young talents in the community”
He described Dr. Makongo as an all-time advocate of development, unity and peace, whom Bonavada is proud of.
The chiefs of the Bonavada area, according to Mbua Emmanuel, have lauded the initiative of their illustrious son Dr. Makongo, who while in far USA is always contributing to the development of the Bonavada area.
It was not clear whether the football tournament will now become a yearly event, just as the scholarship program.