Friday, 19 May 2017 07:13

FEATURE:GHPL first round Characterised by unpredictability as WAFA lead

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120 matches, 238 goals (minus the 3 board room goals Great Olympics benefitted from Bolga All Stars' failure to pay officiating fees during their days in Division One), 81 wins, 39 jaw dropping draws, 119 different goal scorers, 21 braces, 1 hat trick - Blimey!

 

From Accra to Sogakope, Cape Coast to Dormaa, Obuasi to Berekum, there was the spontaneous outpouring of joy accompanied with whoops and raucous applause, gaping mouths with grins of appreciation as supporters watched players lightened the stage set before them.

Ashimeru Majeed was special, Gideon Waja kept spreading gold dust, Daniel Lomotey Agbloe gave headlines, Stephen Sarfo excavated his way to the first NASCO player of the month award, Samuel Sarfo brick-walled Liberty and single-handedly pulled the strings from the back, Winful Cobbinah kept football-lovers wondering if he is from planet earth, Thomas Abbey - indescribable, Nicholas Gyan, an assassin and Imoro Ibrahim out of obscurity to a national asset.

Ghana Premier League match between Tema Youth and Olympics at the Tema Stadium 

Aficionados of the Ghana premier league will jump out of the bed, take a look at the ticking clock and wonder why the beautiful music that rhyme with potency and quality has been cut at its zenith.

A competition carpers say it's at its nadir with some savagely terming it 'dead' over the last one and half seasons has served us delicacies worth every single minute of the journey across the eight-match centres.

The season began blandly with little enthusiasm but rocketed with the speed of lightning as the days passed by.

The wave of optimism flooded Kumasi when the overlord King of the Ashanti Kingdom and life Patron of Asante Kotoko, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II made that call: ''Dr. Kwame Kyei, lead the football soul of Asanteman on my behalf.' The call was greeted with optimism.

Match week 9 fixture between Liberty and WA All Stars at the Carl Raindolf Park 

Opoku Nti, often accused of turning the African Club of the Century into a 'also hit and run' team was history, his partners went into the annals too.

And there was the zero feeling of being a Phobian. From September to the first week of February, Hearts of Oak had no Coach. It wouldn't have been worse than that, but they are the 'Masters' who know no death until their bones are rotten.

When Kotoko began flying, they were crawling. When Aduana Stars bamboozled opponents for fun, Hearts were searching for the best team, when AshGold looked to have exorcised the early season ghost of failure, WAFA had their poor away from home form running.

And there cometh the moment. Wa All Stars 1 - 4 WAFA. The gods of Ghanaian football could not have written the books of superiority in the local scene without scripting West African Football Academy (WAFA) at the front seat.

The structures, the investment, the quality over the years at some point merit results. It was always coming, and with fixity of purpose, the foe of capitulation found itself in the grave.

Inter-Allies hosted Ashanti Gold at the El WAK Stadium in the first round 

Seven games WAFA went unbeaten. The first three names in the third paragraph should be credited. Sensational stuff from the Academy Boys until they met Hearts Of Oak. A sleeping giant which finally found its title candidacy gear and devouring opponents. Winful Cobbinah and Thomas Abbey; who has this season showed temerity to drive his teammates out of any mess, connived with Razak Abalora to end the super run, beating them 2-1 at the Accra sports stadium and not even a late dominance could earn them a point.

Prior to this, there was the emotional sapping moments, the nail-biting cracks and the controversies, especially in the super clash involving Hearts and Kotoko which got the Porcupine faithfuls moaning for about a week.

Add the drama-laden series of Kumawood movies before and after Kotoko matches which eventually saw the main character, Zdravko Lugarusic axed, and from a Kotoko perspective, the needless record of eight games without a win.

And there was the Bashir Hayford “gone but not missing” resignation letter after three years as the technical brainer of AshGold. All these defined the first round of the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season.

But the final day of the first round couldn’t have been complete without orgasmic football from WAFA, Hearts of Oak, Elmina Sharks, and Tema Youth. Special moments deserve special treatment as local football devotees gear up for the second round expected on May 28, 2017.

 

Credit: Ghanapremierlive.com

 

 

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2014/15 Ghanaian Premier League Table

TEAMS PLD GD PTS
Asante Kotoko 0 0 0
Heart of Lions 0 0 0
Hearts of Oak 0 0 0
Wa All Stars 0 0 0
Sekondi Hasaacas 0 0 0
New Edubiase United 0 0 0
Bechem United 0 0 0
Inter Allies 0 0 0
AshGold SC 0 0 0
BA Stars
0 0 0
Berekum Chelsea
0 0 0
Liberty Professionals 0 0 0
Medeama Sc 0  0 0
Aduana Stars
0 0 0
WAFA
0 0 0
Gt. Olympics
0   0
0
  TEAMS
  PLD
  GD
  PTS
 
  Asante Kotoko  
  30  
  25  
  63  
 
  Ashante Ashgold  
  30  
  2  
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Player Goals
Augustine Okran - Bechem United 12
Seidu Bansey - Asante Kotoko 10
Paul De Valries Asare - All Stars 9
Emmanuel Osei - AshGold  8
Emmanuel Osei - AshGold SC 7
Richard  Yamoah - Hasaacas 7
Samuel Afful - Hasaacas 7
Winful Cobbinah - Hearts of Oak 5
Emmanuel Hayford - Hearts of Oak 5
   
   
   
   
   
   
Matchday 1 Fixtures
Aduana  vs  Asante Kotoko
Hasaacas  vs Liberty
BA United   vs
Bechem United
Heart of Lions

 vs

New Edubiase
Inter Allies  vs Medeama 

All Stars

 vs Berekum Chelsea

Hearts of Oak 

 

AshantiGold

 vs

 

vs 

WAFA

 

Gt. Olympics

 

 

Matchday 1 Results

Heart of Lions 

 0-0   New Edubiase        
Aduana   0-0 Asante Kotoko

Hasaacas

0-0 Liberty

BA United

 0-0

Bechem United

Inter Allies

 0-0 Medeama

 Wa All Stars

 0-0 Berekum Chelsea

Hearts of Oak

 0-0 WAFA
 AshantiGold  0-0  Gt. Olympics
.
TEAMS PLD GD PTS
 Asante Kotoko  30  25  63
 Ashante Ashgold  30  2  49
 Accra Hearts of Oak  30  11  47
 Medeama SC
 30  8  46
 Edubiase FC
 30  0  46
 Aduana Stars  30  9  45
 Berekum Chelsea  30  7  45
 Liberty Professionals  30  8  42
 Wa All Stars  30  0  42
 Ebusua Dwarfs  30  -3  36
 Tema Youth  30  -1  35
 Heart of Lions  30  -9  33
 Arsenals  30  -15  30
 Wassaman United  30  -16  29
 Bechem United  30  -17  29
 Tudu Mighty Jets  30  -9  28
.
  TEAMS
  PLD
  GD
  PTS
 
  Asante Kotoko  
  30  
  25  
  63  
 
  Ashante Ashgold  
  30  
  2  
  49  
 
  Accra Hearts Of Oak  
  30  
  11  
  47  
 
  Medeama SC  
  30  
  8  
  46  
 
  Edubiase FC  
  30  
  0  
  46  
 
  Aduana Stars  
  30  
  9  
  45  
 
  Berekum Chelsea  
  30  
  7  
  45  
 
  Liberty Professionals  
  30  
  8  
  42  
 
  Wa All Stars  
  30  
  0  
  42  
 
  Abusua Dwarfs  
  30  
  -3  
  36  
 
  Tema Youth  
  30  
  -1  
  35  
 
  Heart Of Lions  
  30  
  -9  
  33  
 
  Arsenals  
  30  
  -15  
  30  
 
  Wassaman United  
  30  
  -16  
  29  
 
  Bechem United  
  30  
  -17  
  29  
 
  Tudu Mighty Jets  
  30  
  -9  
  28  

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