Sunday Friends Association, SUFA, on Monday, May 20, at the Buea Town Green Stadium, won the maiden edition of the Buea Veterans Peace Tournament after beating arch-rival Buea Veteran Club.
The victory came after a 1-1 parity scoreline which was only decided after post-match penalties with SUFA emerging victorious 4-2.
The victory means that SUFA is one of the veteran clubs in the English speaking regions of Cameroon to have won national and local titles. This is because in 2010, SUFA won the National Veterans Tournament, NAVETO, and this year, they have won the maiden edition of the Buea Veteran Tournament For Peace.
During the mouthwatering encounter after kickoff from the Lord Mayor of the Buea Municipality, Patrick Ekema Esunge, it was Buea Veterans Club that opened the scoring in the 4th minute into the encounter. The goal was scored by skipper Fai Tangwa Giggs to give his side the lead.
However, their celebrations were short-lived as skipper for SUFA, Yankou Dieudonne equalized to make it 1-1 with a sublime finished that left the keeper of Buea Veterans Club helpless at the 6th minute.
With hostilities getting high as the level of adrenaline keeps pumping, both sides will go on recess with without the scoreline changing. Considering the fact that both clubs just returned from the National Veteran Tournament, it made it a mouthwatering final.
When play resumed in the second segment of the game, it was SUFA that took the ball possession in the game.
Spectacular combinations from SUFA’s front four of substitute Eric Nganku, Atem Valentine, Nganje Shedill and Jumuton Jerry Fombon, failed to crack the resilient Buea Veteran defence line that stood firm like the Biblical walls of Jericho.
Efforts from the SUFA attacking machinery could only see tournament highest goal scorer Nganje Shedill and Nganku Eric denied by the woodwork in each occasion. The encounter ended 1-1 and the winner could only be decided by post-match penalties.
It was the occasion for SUFA’s skipper who doubles as the Director of the Buea Town Green Stadium, Divine Sama to make two saves to give his side the victory. Throughout the competition, SUFA scored 15 goals and conceded just one. This saw Nganje Shedill and Divine Sama both winning the torunament’s Golden Boot and Man of the Match awards respectively.
Speaking at the final, the Mayor of Buea Municipality, Ekema Patrick, thanked the organizers for such an initiative. “It is a nice concept which brings people together to celebrate our country. I am so happy with the massive turnout, we are all one. There is nothing like a Francophone or Anglophone. We are all one,” The Lord Mayor said.
He concluded by saying the competition will now take place after three months with the council coughing out the sum of FCFA 1 million.
On his part, the President of SUFA, Barrister Jumuton Jerry Fombon applauded the initiative and also calls for peace in the ongoing Anglophone Crisis.
The competition organized by six veteran clubs in Buea and supported by the Buea Council started on Saturday, May 18 and ended on Monday, May 20, with six teams taking part. It was played by players from 35 years and above.