By Basil K Mbuye & *Bridney Achanyi
Muea FC were crowned winners of the first edition of the Burj Khalifa Interquarters Competition after beating Bokwaongo FC 4-3 in post-match penalties.
The final that took place on Sunday, September 20, saw thousands of football lovers turnout to watch the mouth-watering encounter that was full of fireworks. Prior to the kick-off, mascots of both teams had gone round the pitch performing black magic as they consulted the gods of football to favour them.
The first segment of the game ended with nothing to write home about, as both clubs failed to get the curtain raiser.
When play will resume in the second segment, Muea FC will up their game but fail to get a goal as their talisman, Amih Renzo, was caged by Bokwaongo FC backline. The introduction of Muea FC ‘super sub’ George Sona, could not yield any fruit as it happened in games in the past. He will be denied by woodwork at the 90th minute of the encounter. After 90 minutes of high hostilities, it was at the penalties that the winner was distinguished from the loser.
The remarkable act of Mignolet Dubuisi of Muea FC saw him stopping two penalties to give his side the much needed victory. This was the first time that Muea FC were crowned winners in a competition hosted in Molyko .
Speaking after the final, the sponsor of the competition and CEO of Dajungle Group, Sullivan Neba Che, congratulated all the participating clubs while thanking the community.
“The aim of organising this competition is to give back to the community. I want to thank the community for giving us something like visiting our snack and other businesses to promote us. It was really necessary for us to organise a competition of this magnitude to give back to the community. This competition will take place annually. We promise to do better next season. We are thinking of increasing the amount next year,” Neba Che said.
The competition had a total of five sponsors (Da Jungle Group, Kadji Group Ets, J&T Fashionista, Citron Investment Group and Mami Kim).
The winner took home a cash prize of FCFA 500,000; second place, Bokwaongo FC got FCFA 200,000; while third place, Ndongo FC had FCFA 50,000. Amih Renzo of Muea FC was voted Player of the Tournament, while Clovis Ngalame and Benedict Ekpono Henry were the top goal scorers.
*(UB Journalism Student on Internship)