After showing great potentials a couple of seasons behind, North West Elite One Clubs are now battling for survival. Yong Sport Academy (YOSA) FC and PWD are now ranked nineth in Group A and B. They are just a spot away from the red zone.
In Pool A, PWD SC of Bamenda has 18points like Avion and Renaissance occupying tye last two places respectively. After 18 matches played, the Abakwa boys have won five, drawn three and lost eight. Their -3 goal record gives them an advantage over the last two with -6 goals each as per the recently published statistics published by the FA especialised league.
Speaking to CRTV Northwest, the Team Media Officer Afesseh Apong regretted their present situation blaming it on challenges emanating from coaching challenges. The team has changed three coaches this season. Playing away from home has also been a challenge, the media officer will not ignore.
Corroborating over the same media, Nji Nelson Chefor, Team Manager of YOSA FC complains of lack of training facilities and the challenges of playing away from home. His team is ranked nineth in Pool B with 21points obtained after five wins, six draws and seven defeats.
"Playing at home is like playing with 12 players in the pitch. Our performance has dwindled because we lack home advantage in terms of supporters as well as lack that moral, financial and social motivation that supporters always give the players. When supporters come out in their numbers, they serve as the team discipline master/cheerleaders for both players and management, and this aspect plays a vital role in securing team victory. Playing away from home, we lack these advantages and the situation is even made worst with the bad roads and fuel prices that have even made it more difficult for the few die-hard fans to travel along with the team." Ngalim Franklin, supporter of Northwest football with special feelings for YOSA FC.
Playing away from home has been largely blamed for the teams poor performances.The regional president of FECAFOOT Northwest Mbigha Felix says a facility by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is at 60percent complet. He told CRTV Northwest that there is another project of over 20000 seats in gestation.