The 2016/2017 Cameroon Professional Football League season was not the best for clubs across the Mungo as they all failed to stamp their authority in the championships.
From Yong Sports Academy, National Polytechnic, Bangbullet FC to relegation narrow-escaped PWD of Bamenda, all failed to shine as far as the football season was concerned.
Some football pundits observed that the recent crises in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon played a huge role on the performances of these clubs that envisaged a better season that later on turned to a limping season for them.
Yong Sports Academy (Unstable Masters)
The lone flag bearer of the Anglophone regions at the MTN Elite One, Yong Sports Academy, YOSA, failed to emulate their 2015/2016 footballing season when they were able to end the championship in the 3rd position.
The 2013 Cup of Cameroon winners had a bad start that saw them battling relegation in the beginning of the League.
However, this poor start was later on forgotten when the club recorded a series of winning strakes that raised the hopes of their supporters when they were occupying the 3rd position on the log.
This run was not preserved and they later on started limping as they failed to win any of their last five matches, thereby ending the league in the 6th position.
Their balance sheet: out of 34 games, they registered 12 wins, 11 draws, 11 defeats scoring 30 goals and conceding 30 to have a total of 47 points.
PWD Bamenda (Draw Masters)
PWD Bamenda failed to emulate their past glories as they were the only club out of the four in the Northwest Region to crawl throughout the season. Returning to topflight football after more than a decade, many welcomed the Abakwa Boys with a lot of euphoria.
However, this euphoria ended at armchair level since the one-time darling club of the Bamenda people lived in financial crises throughout the season.
The Abakwa Boys, throughout the season, struggled for survival as they were stuck in the relegation zone. ‘Ngea P’, as they are fondly called by supporters, recorded the greatest number of draws in the championship.
PWD Bamenda recorded seven wins, 15 draws, 12 defeats and also scoring 15 goals and conceding 22 to end the league in the 14th spot with 36 points.
National Polytechnic Bambui (The Maintainers)
Since its promotion to the MTN Elite Two championship some years ago, the club has never shown any zeal of picking a ticket for the country’s top flight football.
They have been labelled by football pundits as ‘The Maintainers’ since each year their objective is to maintain. Many have questioned the purpose of the club since its objective is neither to qualify nor is it operating as a nursery for YOSA, yet their travelling expenses are the same.
This year, they emerged 10th on the log after recording 42 points with a balance sheet of 10 wins, 12 draws, 12 defeats scoring 29 goals and conceding 30.
Bangbullet FC (The Aspirants)
Although it was their first year in topflight football in the club’s history, they fought hard to see that their fairytale is realised.
They were the only club across the Mungo that started the championship on good footing, keeping the flag of Nkambe flying high.
Their performances won them so much support from home and abroad. Out of 34 games played, the boys from Nkambe won 14, drew 13 and suffered seven defeats. They also scored a total of 29 goals but failed to close their back doors as their opponents found the back of their net on 22 occasions.
Finishing this season on the 5th position with 55 goals, fans of Bangbullet FC will be wishing to see their club pick a ticket for MTN Elite One next season.
One thing for sure was most positive in the 2016/2017 footballing season which is the survival of Northwest clubs this season.