By Basil K Mbuye
Southwest Regional League side, Hiliare Owona Academy Football Club resumed training recently while paying homage to victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Buea based club began training in all the categories in Douala where they are undergoing the physical preparatory phase.
The club began training on Monday, June 29 in the senior category while the Under 13 and 15 categories started on June 30. The team paid homage to victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has seen close to 400 lives lost in Cameroon and about 12000 infected. A minute of silence was observed in memory of these victims.
Also, the players took to their knees in a gesture to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A movement which started after a 46-year-old African-American died as a result of poor treatment from a white police officer.
HO Academy FC in the just-ended season that was cancelled prematurely had a splendid performance. In the preliminary stage of the Cup of Cameroon them picking one of the three tickets to represent the region in the Cup.
However, they started the championship which was their first since gaining promotion from the Fako League poorly. They will in the second round gather some steam as they later with a win over giants Buea United FC.
With the league cancelled, HO Academy FC was one of the Regional League clubs to give their players circa 75,000 to help support them during the period the government had placed preventive measures to help curb the spread of the virus.