By Ngende Esther
Despite high rate of insecurity in Manyu Division in the Southwest Region, the Mamfe Council through Mayor Robertson Tabenchong organised a holiday football competition tagged “youth tournament for peace” which successfully came to an end on Sunday, September 5.
Despite several calls and threats from the separatist fighters for teams to boycott the tournament, the competition brought youths and teams from localities with high rate of insecurity like Batchuo Akagwe and Kesham village from Akwaya subdivision who constituted seven teams.
According to the cup donor, Mayor Robertson Tabenchong, the people are tired of constant threats and manipulation of separatist fighters and have embraced the path of development and peace. That is to him is the reason Mamfe town is today boosting of haven kicked out the ghost town phenomenon. It was against this backdrop that he organised a tournament to bring back the desired cohesion
Addressing the youths during the closing ceremony of the tournament, Mayor emeritus Sessekou Ayuk Taku Nchong John, called on the people of Batchuo Akagwe to accept peace and take back-to-school as a challenge. While remembering those who have been brutally killed in Batchuo Akagwe, the former mayor told them that if they the youth could rally like this to showcase their strength, then they should also gather to fight against insecurity for their future and the future of Batchuo.
At the close of the competition, Home Boys FC Mamfe emerged first, Batchuo Ntai FC 2nd while Kesham FC from Akwaya came at the third position. The mayor has promised to organise more of such competitions and other youth engaging programs in the months ahead.
The winners, Home Boys FC carried home FCFA 300 thousands while Batchuo Ntai and Keshem received FCFA 200 thousand and FCFA 100 thousands respectively. For braving all odds from Akwaya to Mamfe, Keshem FC had an additional 100 thousand cash prize from former Mayor Ayuk Takunchong.