Three teams from the following UK areas: London, Croydon and Cambridge actively participated in a football tournament organised by Bisong Foundation in March 2013. These teams included:
Hackney Lions Football Club
Croydon Football Club
Cambridge African Association Football Club
The tournament started around 11.00 am and ended at 18.30. It was
initially decided that the three teams would play each other in the
preliminary round since we were unable to come up with two groups. Two
teams would then qualify to play the finals.
We had one qualified English Football Association (FA) referee, one
qualified FECAFOOT referee from Cameroon during the tournament.
Cambridge V Croydon 1 – 1
Croydon V Hackney 2 – 0
Hackney V Cambridge 0 – 1
TABLE: PLACING AFTER REQUIRED TWO MATCHES
Croydon 4 points
Cambridge 4 points
Hackney 0 points
With the conclusion of the first round, the stage was set for the
finals. Expectations were high for a thrilling match.
FINALS TEAMS RESULTS
Cambridge V Croydon 1 - 0
The finals kicked off at 17.00 and ended at 18.30. The Cambridge
football team won the tournament for the first time from first
participation. The high tempo of the game, the creativity of the
players and the beautiful goals, made it a truly memorable event and
one, which once again showed the Cameroonian talent and passion for the
At the end of the tournament, a cash prize of 150 pounds was awarded to
the winners - Cambridge and 75 pounds to the runners-up - Croydon.
Football trophies were not available, but promises were made to both
teams by Mr Michael Bisong Cambridge Community Group Tournament
Coordinator that the second edition would be better organised and he
hope to get some sponsors. He also promised to invite some legend of
African Football to the second edition.
EVALUATION OF THE TOURNAMENT
The tournament was a success because of the exceptional entertainment
value, diversity, colour, celebration of talent, opportunities for the
community to compete in a spirit of friendship, unity and love – ideals
cherished by our leaders and the Olympic Movement.
However, the absence of the following: refreshment for match officials
and teams, trophies and medals dampened the excitement and grandeur of
The absence of official resources to provide refreshment, led to Mr
Michael Bisong - tournament coordinator, taking his personal initiative
to keep match officials and teams refreshed.
Overall, the tournament was a huge success.
THANK YOU ALL, LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 2ND EDITION OF THE CAMBRIDGE
Michael Bisong (Cambridge)