By Basil Afoni
The countdown to the varsity games has begun in earnest. After two weeks of camping that has just ended at the UB campus, players and officials of the team are resolute to avenge the humiliating defeat they suffered from the University of Douala on home soil during the 2012 varsity games in Buea.
As such, UB is resolute to reclaim the gold medal that was snatched from her by the University of Douala in 2012. The two weeks camping provided an opportunity for coaches to dictate new talents, create camaraderie between the players and instil a wining mentality in them, a factor that was doused during the 2013 games in Ngaoundere.
Aside from the above, the two weeks training programme equally provided the coaches the latitude to revisit their coaching note books, improved on the physical and psychological frame of mind of the players, build their tactical dispositions, improved on their scoring abilities and other finishing touches.
However, as a means of testing the strength and the depth of the squad, and providing the green horns in the team the opportunity to gain experience before the games, a series of friendly matches were organised with some Division II clubs in the Region.
The rejuvenating UB team registered victories in their warm-up games against Mount Cameroon FC, Buea United and a draw against League 2 side Dynamic FC.
Speaking on their level of preparedness for the Varsity Games, Consty Folefack said all is set for the games. According to him, the two weeks training programme has accorded them the privilege to test the strength and weaknesses of the team and subsequently work on its development.
With the team’s brilliant performance against some professional teams in the region, the coach was upbeat that they can create major upsets in this year’s edition of the games in Douala.
“For the U-Games, I think we are 85 percent prepared in every aspect taking into consideration the present form of the squad. As for the problem of inexperience, I think that the two weeks training programme has greatly help us to ascertain ourselves.” Folefack explained.
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Coach Nicholas Asongu and his infantry as they cross the Mungo to pay back the University of Douala in their own coin.