The 2018 sporting season closed on Sunday, December 30 at the Cameroon Volleyball Federation. It was on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Camtel beach volleyball clash held from 28 to 30 December 2018 at the place called Point vert located in the Yaoundé IV district. Thus, nearly 200 athletes, including 23 male pairs, 20 female pairs from the region and three foreign nations (Nigeria, Central African Republic and Chad) took part in this sports festival. At the end of the fiercely contested matches, it was the ambassadors of Nigeria and the Central African Republic who distinguished themselves as ladies and gentlemen respectively.
Indeed, after a brilliant career marked by five victories in five matches, the Central African pair of Yagueme and Christ defeated the Nigerian pair Godwing and Andrew in the final. Under the encouragement of the public who came in large numbers to witness this encounter, the Central Africans won the first set 23-21. After a slight slackening, they were surprised in the second set and lost 16-21. Re-energized, they found the resources and won the decisive set 15-11. "We are very happy. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. But we believed in ourselves. That's why we won. It's good for honour and morale," said Toni Yagueme, captain of the Central African Republic team. For the head of the Central African delegation, Toussaint Mandembo, this is the general satisfaction. "We prepared to come and win. We had good opponents in front of us throughout the tournament. Each time, we found the right formula to get rid of it. After four tournaments played in Cameroon, we are happy to win this one," he said.
In the women's competition, no surprise, it was the Tochukou/Francesca pair from Nigeria who took the grail in the final against the Cameroonian pair Wati/Modjom in two sets (21-12, 21-12, 21-12). When asked about their performance, team captain Nnoruga Tochukou said, "We played our game. The opponents were of a good level. We made the technical difference. It was an exceptional competition. We want to come back next year to Cameroon to defend our title. Like the Central Africans, the Nigerian pair has a clear run.
On the organizational level, the committee in charge has met its challenge. Fecavolley's partners (Camair-co, Negri, Tangui, Fertivela, Urimat, Saham Assurance, Nteko, Finsea) and the federation's official sponsor, Camtel, were in attendance.
This is something to delight the director of beach volleyball at Fecavolley, Edith Berlin Tadjedju: "All's well that ends well. We witnessed a very challenging competition. Cameroon has not deserved anything. Our beach volley players are gradually moving up a notch. The first objective of the federation in relation to beach volleyball was to popularize this branch of the discipline. I think we are succeeding in this challenge. Now, we will continue to work to enable our competitors to reach the maximum level of performance over the next year. The next challenge will be to complete the national circuit. We are already working on it," he said. It must be said that the winners of the tournament pocketed in pairs the sum of 400 thousand CFA Francs. The runners-up 150 thousand Francs and the 3rd 50 thousand CfA F.
Final knockout stages
Wati/Medjom (Cameroon) vs Tochukou/Francesca (Nigeria)
Godwing/Andrew (Nigeria) vs Yagueme/Christ (CAR)
Runner up (3rd and 4th ranks)
Ngo Bibinbe/Kossenda vs Ntozi/Tchoua
Ncha/Wabo ( Cameroon) vs Bassoko/Ngayana (Chad)
Kossenda/Ngo Bibimbe (Cameroon) vs Wati/Medjom (Cameroon)
Tochukou/Francisca (Nigeria) vs Ntozi/Tchoua (Cameroon)
Ncha/Wabo (Cameroon) vs Godwing/Andrew (Nigeria)
Bassoko/Ngayana (Chad) vs Yagueme/Christ (CAR)
1st Tochukou/Francesca (Nigeria)
2nd Wati/Medjom (Cameroon)
3rd Ngo Bibinbe (Cameroon)
4th Ntozi/Tchoua (Cameroon)
1st Yagueme/Christ (CAR)
2nd Godwing/Andrew (Nigeria)
3rd Bassoko/Ngayana (Chad)
4th Ncha/Wabo (Cameroon)