Wirfon FC and Oku FC have qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing 2023 Northwest Relaunch Solidarity Championship underway in Bertoua, East Region of Cameroon.
The two teams are among the four that qualified for the semi-finals after quarter-final matches staged last Sunday, August 13, at the CENAJES playground.
Donga FC, one of the most decorated teams with three trophies in the competition, qualified alongside Momo FC in a continuous quest to become champions after several attempts in the tournament.
According to the pairings, Wirfon FC previously registered for the competition as Bui FC when Oku FC was part of them will confront Donga FC while Oku FC will face Momo FC in a challenging game. The semi-finals will be played on August 20.
In the women’s handball discipline, four teams are involved in the mini-championship, and the finals are expected to be played on Sunday, August 27. The four teams include Wirfon, Bafut, Pinyin, and Momo female handball teams.
According to the organizing committee, the 2023 relaunched edition started on July 29 with nine teams on board. During the first match, Pinyin FC, the current cup holder, had thrashed KEKUDA FC from Babanki by 1-0.
Besides the euphoria and the pulling of spectators to watch the competition, a lot of talents have been discovered. The 17-year-old Loic Yuven playing for Wirfon FC. The young player, given his youthfulness, has been applauded for his skillful and creative talent being exhibited in the competition.
In the meantime, organizers say, the tournament is being used to showcase the rich cultural diversity of the Northwest Region. Teams have been obliged to provide cultural dance groups to serve as a fan base.
Given the socio-political crisis ongoing in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of the country, the competition is drawing more attention given that it is serving as a cultural Jamboree. Apart from promoting the spirit of unity and solidarity among the Northwesterners and other people from different regions of the country, the tournament also serves as a relaxation moment, promoting living together.
The Northwest Solidarity championship is an annual tournament that was suspended after the holding of the 2016 edition following the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon.
The championship is the brainchild of the Northwest Cultural Organisation, NOWESCO, in Bertoua, initiated to promote stronger solidarity and brotherhood in sadness and joy.