Melim FC goalkeeper dived to save his team as they maintained a 1-0 lead against Won Mbveh FC. Photo Credit: Mainomo Etienne

BSFC 10th Edition: Unifying Communities Through Sports, A Path To Peace And Development

By Etienne Mengnjo Mainimo

The 2023 edition of the Bui Sports Fans Competition (BSFC has kicked off in Yaounde with the primary objective of unifying communities through sports and paving the way for peace and development.

This year marks the competition’s 10th edition, which began on October 8 with the participation of eight teams from various localities in the Bui Division in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.

The competition, also known as “Community Sports for Peace and Development,” celebrates its achievements since its inaugural edition in 2007.

Aside from fostering peace and development, the BSFC aims to promote social cohesion, integration, and talent detection.

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The goalkeeper of Mile One Kumbo FC watches helplessly as Dzekwa Rangers FC (RED) scores to balance the tally to 2-2. Photo Credit: Mainimo Etienne

During the opening day, Hyginus Sahka, the President of Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club, emphasized that the BSFC journey has nurtured young talents and witnessed remarkable outcomes.

He added that the competition has provided employment opportunities in various domains but has also played a role in bringing people together, with some even finding life partners through this community-based football jamboree.

Sahka stated, “Our accomplishments are just so abundant. As we embark on this tenth edition, we must honor and celebrate our fallen heroes and those still with us for the good work they did and are doing to make the competition grow from strength to strength. The unfolding tournament promises to be a joyous occasion for all involved.”

On the first playing day, a total of five goals were scored, with the highest-scoring match being a 2-2 draw between Mile One Kumbo FC and Dzekwa Rangers. In the second match, NDECA FC secured a 1-0 victory over Kinkerangker FC in a highly contested game.

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Bui Diaspora FC faces Bui Strikers Veteran FC on Day Two of the BSFC, 2023 Edition. Credit Photo: Mainimo Etienne

On the second day of the competition, staged on October 15, Bui Diaspora FC defeated Bui Strikers FC 2-0. Melim FC narrowly emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Won Mbveh Chitaa FC. All matches occur at the Mateco Stadium, located on the University of Yaounde One Campus.

The Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club is the organizer of the BSFC, which began in 2007, bringing together the three communities that constitute the Bui Division, namely the Nso, Oku, and Noni communities. The competition will also pay tribute to heroes from the Bui Division who have made significant contributions to sports and community development.

Bui youths thrilling fans during the 10th edition of the BSFC. Photo Credit: Etienne Mainimo
Bui youths were thrilling fans during the 10th edition of the BSFC. Photo Credit: Etienne Mainimo

According to the organizers, by paying tribute to these heroes, the BSFC not only celebrates their achievements but also seeks to inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.

Their stories serve as a testament to the transformative power of sports and community involvement, motivating others to make a positive difference in their own communities.

As the BSFC continues to grow and evolve, Bui Strikers Veterans say, it remains committed to its core mission of promoting unity, peace, and development through sports within the Bui Division.

Melim FC goalkeeper dived to save his team as they maintained a 1-0 lead against Won Mbveh FC. Photo Credit: Mainomo Etienne
The Melim FC goalkeeper dived to save his team as they maintained a 1-0 lead against Won Mbveh FC. Photo Credit: Mainomo Etienne

Through sports and the recognition of local heroes, the competition serves as a catalyst for positive change, creating a legacy that will endure for years to come. As the BSFC unfolds, it promises to be a source of joy, inspiration, and pride for all involved.

The competition serves as a reminder that sports have the remarkable ability to transcend boundaries, unite communities, and pave the way for peace and development.

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BSFC 10th Edition: Preparations Hot Up

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Preparations for the celebration of the 10th edition of the Bui Sports Fans Competition (BSFC) are hotting up in Yaoundé.

Ahead of the commemoration, preparatory meetings have intensified, with the different stakeholders taking the necessary dispositions to ensure that all goes well when the competition begins in mid-September 2023.

According to the organizing committee, the 10th anniversary will be celebrated with a lot of fanfare. Besides the ongoing sensitization in the different communities that make up the division, a total of eight teams drawn into two pools will take part in the competition. Teams participating will bear community names from the division.

Registration has also been increased, while the objectives of the competition will be modified. In addition, the tournament shall celebrate the road covered in the past nine editions as well as honour the living and deceased heroes of the BSFC.

The story of BSFC dates back to 2007 when the first edition took place. During that edition, only the Nso community out of the Division’s three tribes was represented. However, the competition was dedicated to the founders of Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club, Yaounde.

Having experienced the same fate during the 2008 edition, the competition was suspended in 2009 to carry out sensitization to bring other communities into the competition.  In 2010, Bui Division was fully represented as the Oku and Noni tribes came on board, and this has been sustained till the 7th edition.

The 8th, 9th, and re-launch editions were staged in the absence of the other communities, but the sons and daughters from the entire Bui Division took part in the competition.

So far, the Royal Olympics of Kikaikom won the competition in 2013 as champions and were runners-up in 2014, when the Kilum Bees of Oku were crown champions. Mbam Valley Football Team emerged champions in 2012, while Sun City FC has remained the only club that has taken the trophy twice, in 2010 and 2011.

In 2015, Mbokam United became champions, while Bui Diaspora FC settled as champions in 2016. Following the outbreak of the ongoing anglophone crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, the competition was suspended.

It was not until 2022 that the relaunch of the competition took place, with 10 teams on board. Nso Islamic Development, and Cultural Association, NICDA FC, defeated Soya Boys FC in the finals to become winners. As the competition enters its 10th edition, a lot of achievements have been recorded, with sons and daughters from the division playing their trade in and out of the country in the world of sports.

Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club in Yaounde is the sole organizer of the competition. Like in past editions, the annual competition was aimed at identifying, exposing, and promoting talents from Bui Division.