Former Camark Kumba, PWD Bamenda midfield legend Njuakom Ngong Anthony alias Petit Kuma retired from football on Sunday, July 14, aged 61, putting an end to playing football after a career that saw him winning trophies.
In order to see that Njuakom Ngong aka Capo leave the stage in grand style, members of the Sunday Friends Association, SUFA, a veteran club based in Buea, made the occasion one never to be forgotten for the football legend.
Since quitting active football in 1998, Njuakom Ngong joined SUFA were he has been playing veteran football until he finally bid farewell to the king’s sport. As part of activities making the event, SUFA organized a tournament in Njuakom’s name which ended with the final played on Sunday July 14. It was on this day that the Camark FC skipper played appeared on the pitch for the last time as a player.
Speaking after the final, Njuakom Ngong aka Petit Kuma expressed gratitude almost in tears while recounting some sweet memories he still hold dearly during his playing days.
Hear him: “It has been a great journey that all started in 1976 when I started civilian football and ended it in 1998. During this period, I still hold some treasured moments like when I won the Beaufort Cup with Camark four times , went for the Interpools and had a number of pre-selections with the Junior Lions. These are some of my treasured moments.”
He went further to thank the members of the SUFA especially its president Barrister Jerry Fombon for organizing him such a jubilee to end his veteran career.
As activities marking the day, gifts were also given to the former Victoria United midfielder such as a medal, a portrait, among others. The sum of FCFA 200,000 was given to him while SUFA General Assembly President Akaya Celestine promised to assist him FCFA 100,000 each month.
On his part, SUFA President Barrister Fombon thanked the members for their wonderful support while reminding all visitors that being your brother’s keeper is the spirit of SUFA.
“SUFA is very honoured and happy for this day and as the family that we are, everyone in his own way made Ngong Anthony alias Capo to feel the joy we are all feeling today as he hangs his boots, barrister Fombon said.
Present at the occasion are former Indomitable Lions like Essa Pius, Agbor Hans amongst others.
Ngong Anthony started his career at the age of 18 with Granner FC of Nguti in 1976. In 1977, he joined Victoria United where he played for three years before joining PWD Bamendain 1979 thanks to then president, Ni John Fru Ndi. He will in 1981 returned to Victoria United and in 1983, he moved to Camark Kumba.
During his spell with Camark, he was nicknamed Capo where he won the Beaufort Cup four times. He will later on retire in 1998.