By Basil K Mbuye
Four Southwest Regional League sides, Buea United FC, Options SA, EEMSA and Nkamanyi FI have joined the fight against the unexpected spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, commonly referred to as COVID-19.
These clubs have carried out the sensitisation and distribution of hand sanitisers and face masks in their various towns.
In a period of unpredictability and uncertainty, the club’s management has engaged in the fight against this pandemic by creating awareness.
On Saturday, April 18, it the turn of Buea United FC.
The team lead by its emblematic president Valery Kadji, one of the youngest club presidents in Cameroon, shared hand sanitizers and face masks to the population of Miles 16 and 17.
At the Mile 16 neighbourhood they created awareness and also reminded the population of the preventive measures set aside by the World Health Organisation, WHO, and the government of Cameroon.
The team, later on, went to the Mile 16 market where they donated the same equipment while also demonstrating how hand sanitizer is used. They also drilled them on the use of face masks amongst other things.
At the Mile 17 Park, the team distributed masks and hand sanitizer to travellers and those at the park while urging them to respect the preventive measures put in place.
“We are so happy to benefit from that such an initiative from an amateur club in Cameroon. This is a wonderful initiative and I assured the Buea United FC management that from today, I am a supporter of the club. I am so touched by this humanitarian gesture,” said Fru Paul, a beneficiary.
Speaking to the population of these two communities, Valery Kadji said it was time for Buea United FC to give back to the community.
Hear him: “We (Buea United FC) have always prided ourselves on being a community club and now it is time to show what that means. We must look beyond the club and serve the needs of our community by helping the needy.
“There are Cameroonians who have nobody and we are making sure we are there for them in our little way. It is our time to give back to the community and that is the mantra of this initiative today. As the days go by, we will keep trying to help in our little way. We plan to extend this humanitarian gesture to other neighbourhoods in Buea.”
With the Southwest Regional Football League on hold, despite being second in Pool A with six points behind leader Continental FA, Buea United FC is rather focusing on giving back to the community.
The coronavirus situation in Cameroon is getting worst as the days go by. The country’s confirmed cases have reached 1000 while deaths from the virus keep increasing. There are also reported cases in the Southwest region.
The initiative by these clubs has also taken place in the towns of Kumba, Limbe and Tiko.