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Ghana premier league roundup

  • The sudden renaissance of our local league is a surprise to many. Though it was expected, some of us did not envisage such enthusiastic response from fans of the respective clubs at this time. Perhaps Ghanaians have resolved to hold on to their own regardless of comparative quality of play and professionalism from the flashy European leagues and other foreign competitions. Also, one can say Ghanaians have understood the local adage which holds that ‘irrespective of your mother’s ugliness, she is still your mother’.

  • Ghana Premier League leaders, Aduana Stars, are poised to win the GHPL title this year with two games to the end of the season.

  • The 2015/16 Ghana Premier League season will kick –off on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st February, 2016 at match venues across the country.

  • PL title contenders - Accra Hearts of Oak – will on Monday, May 2nd, 2016, renew their rivalry with – Asante Kotoko – at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana’s version of the El Clasico or Super Clash to others in the topmost encounter of Match Day 10, as the Rainbow Shirted lads led on the bench by Japanese American import - Kenichi Yatsuhashi take on a Porcupine Warriors side led by caretaker coach Michael Osei who will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats under his watch in the 103rd meeting between the two clubs. But there are games to be played on Sunday despite the Hearts vs Kotoko expected thriller sapping all the attention from the other matches.

  •  Match Day 2 of the Ghana Premier League kicked off this past Friday at the Len Clay stadium with New Edubiase FC righting their PL season with a lone goal victory over visiting PL returnee side Ebusua Dwarfs who have now gone 0 and 2 in their first 2 PL games of the campaign.

  •  With the topmost encounter of the match day - Ghana’s version of the ‘El Clasico’ - the match between PL leaders, Accra Hearts of Oak and PL title hopefuls Kumasi Asante Kotoko, scheduled for tomorrow at Kumasi’s Baba Yara Stadium, Hasaacas vs Dreams also set for tomorrow and the match between title contenders Wa All Stars and CAF Confederation Cup title hopefuls Medeama SC postponed, 5 games were played on Saturday with Ebusua Dwarfs being the biggest winners as they somehow managed to pick up a rare and crucial road point after forcing the Miners to come back from a goal down for a share of the spoils to keep their PL survival hopes aglow, despite dropping to the 12th spot.

  • The young GPL season will continue as scheduled on Saturday, 5th of March, at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium with Reigning Champions AshGold set to bounce back from their short-lived CAF Champions League journey, following their early exit as they host Berekum Chelsea on Saturday in the first fixture of Match Day 3.

  •  Reigning GPL champions, AshantiGold, failed to bounce back with a victory following their preliminary round exit from the 2016 CAF Champions League as they were forced to settle for a goalless tie by visiting Berekum Chelsea at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium in the opening game of Match Day 3 played on Saturday.

  • The Ghana premier league season thus far has not been bereft of surprises with the favorites struggling to get things right whilst underestimated teams are flourishing.

  • A lot was said and written about Hearts of Oak, many completely wrote them off and did not give the twenty times PL Champions a shot at winning the title prior to the start of the season, but the chorus has changed after four games with Kenichi Yatsuhashi's men earning plaudits from all and sundry for their stellar start.

  • Match Day 5 of the Ghana Premier League season kicked off on a rare Friday night schedule that saw the fifth time being the charm for preseason title favorites - Asante kotoko - as they finally won their first game of the season on their fifth attempt, a lone goal victory over Hasaacas, courtesy of Kwame Boateng's second half strike to give their teaming fans something to celebrate after a dismal start to the season (2L, 2D).

  • Match Day 6 of the Ghana Premier League will come off as scheduled this weekend following a short break for the MTN FA Cup Round of 64 and some international action that saw the Black Stars take on the Os Mambas of Mozambique with current table toppers - undefeated Accra Hearts of Oak - having the perfect opportunity at home on Sunday to put some separation between themselves and the rest of the field as they welcome a very enterprising Wa All Stars side in a fiery clash between undefeated number 1 and undefeated number 2 in what is undeniably the headliner of match day 6 with the winner retaining the undefeated bragging rights for however long.


  • Match Day 9 of the Ghana Premier League will come on as scheduled at the various stadiums with the interest of football fans and the general public focused on recent managerial developments within two of the storied clubs in the land. First, it was Asante Kotoko parting ways with renowned Ghanaian Coach David Duncan over the team’s poor performance and allegations about the Reds covert attempts to bring in Medeama’s Tom Strand and their current search for a new Head Coach, likely from abroad. And now, it’s all about the rumored brouhaha between Hearts of Oak’s management and their new Head Coach – Kenichi Yatsuhashi - who has brought them some success in recent memory and regenerated a disinterested fan base for calling out management on Social Media (SM) over unpaid allowances for players and technical staff, the confirmed firing of Sporting Director Mr. Joseph Addo and the unsubstantiated firing or impending rumored firing of the very popular coach whose twitter handle suddenly came to life late Friday evening with the cryptic message, “ I am not fighting this battle alone” after it went cold on 19th of April.

  •  Reinvigorated Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s recent surge in the PL was on Saturday shot down at the Baba Yara Stadium as hitherto visiting cellar dwellers stunned the home side with a lone goal to deny them their bid for a third successive win, with Michael Osei picking up his first defeat as Interim Coach.

    Home Score Away
    Kotoko 0-1 New Edubiase
    Wa All Stars 2-0 Inter Allies
    Techiman City 2-0 Bechem United
    WAFA 2-0 Ebusua Dwarfs
    AshantiGold 1-2 Hearts of Oak
    Berekum Chelsea 3-0 Dreams FC
    Hasaacas 0-1 Liberty
    Aduana 3-0 Medeama SC
         

     

    With Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi back in charge of the reins following a rumored misunderstanding between his employers and him, Accra Hearts of Oak ended their 3 game non-winning run in the PL at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium, as they picked up what was incidentally their first victory in 9 years against AshGold at Obuasi, courtesy of a Cosmos Dauda brace to add to the woes of the longsuffering reigning champions, and at the Wa Park, PL leaders – All Stars - added to the misery of a good but underperforming Inter Allies team to maintain their 2point edge over title contenders, Accra Hearts of Oak.

    In a stunning turn of events, Sekondi Hasaacas failed to rebound at home as they picked up their first home defeat of the season on 90 minutes, newly promoted Techiman City continued their dominance over their PL peers in the Brong Ahafo Region as they added Bechem United to their conquest list to complete the first round season sweep of all their regional rivals and WAFA capitalized on their home court to dispatch the visiting Crabs (Ebusua Dwarfs) by two goals to nothing.

    Also on Sunday, Aduana dispatched Tom Strand’s Medeama CAF Confederation Cup play-off round contenders by three goals to nothing for their fourth win of the season and B. Chelsea made mincemeat of visiting Dreams FC who have thus far not been shabby on the road, dispatching their guests to Dawu with a 3-0 deficit.

    Kotoko 1-0 New Edubiase – Kumasi

    New Edubiase end winning run for Michael Osei and Asante Kotoko

    The Reds search for their third straight victory stalled at home on Saturday as they succumbed to their second home defeat of the season, a lone goal loss under the stewardship of interim coach Michael Osei who had nabbed 3 straight wins in all competitions.

    Coach Anthony Kommeh and his hitherto cellar dwelling New Edubiase side finally caught the break they had been looking for as they picked up just their second win and first away win of the season to leapfrog to the 13th spot.

    Prince Antwi’s 20th minute goal sealed the deal for the visitors as Kotoko puffed and huffed fruitlessly for the equalizer with the likes of Ahmed Adams and Dauda Mohammed missing out on numerous incredible chances to equalize as the Edubiase defence, especially, shot stopper - Benjamin Mensah – hauled in several heroic saves to deny Kotoko.

    The loss dropped the Porcupine Warriors from mid-table to 9th on 11 points and 9points of the summit.

    Wa All Stars 2-0 Inter Allies – Wa Park

    Wa All Stars maintain top spot and unbeaten home run

    PL leaders, Wa All Stars rebounded beautifully at home against reeling Inter-Allies with a 2-0 win to hold on to the top spot on 20points.

    Late second half goals, the first from Richard Arthur who pounced on a Maxwell Baako cross midway through the second half, and the second from Emmanuel Ocran who finished off a team move late in injury time sealed all 3points for All Stars.

    The bright spot on the day for the visitors was goalie Osei Kwame who pulled a string of remarkable saves to help his side keep the deficit low. Inter dropped to the third relegation spot on 8 points from 8 matches and will have to fix their recent ails before it gets too late.

    Techiman City 2-0 Bechem Utd – Techiman

    Techiman City add Bechem to conquest list.

    Techiman City got back into the winning column at home following their 2-1 road loss to Ebusua Dwarfs this past Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Bechem United to complete a first round sweep of all their regional rivals, namely, B. Chelsea, Aduana and Bechem Utd.

    The Citizens were the superior team on the afternoon in almost all departments and goals from Issaka Ibrahim and Isaac Baah sandwiched between both halves of the game proved to be the difference as they picked up their 4th home win of the season to maintain their 7th spot on the log.

    Bechem also maintained their 11th perch on the log on 10points.

    WAFA 2-0 Dwarfs – Sogakope

    WAFA win at home without Samuel Tetteh

    WAFA picked up their fourth victory of the season with a 2-0 spanking of visiting Ebusua Dwarfs.

    Charles Boateng 26th minute goal and another from Ibrahim Tanko were enough for all 3points as Dwarfs who missed a couple of key players due to injury looked out of sorts and outclassed with Nicholas Gyan missing a good scoring opportunity for the Crabs.

    WAFA improved to 5th on 14points whilst fell another notch (15th) into the relegation places.

    AshantiGold 1-2 Hearts of Oak – Obuasi

    Hearts of Oak end 3 game non-winning run 9year non-winning drought at Len Clay with Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi back in charge following a rumored misunderstanding with Hearts of Oak brass.

    Winning in sports they say cures all things and perhaps that is what the ‘coaching crisis’ hit Accra Hearts of Oak needed as they killed two birds with one stone on Sunday, halting their 3 game non-winning run and a 9 year winning drought at Obuasi.

    Cosmos Dauda powered the Phobians to victory with his brace; the first in the 52nd minute as he chased down a flicked header for the opener and the second just before the 55th minute as headed home a Mustapha Essuman cross before Awudu Nafiu gave the home side a slim hope of eventually levelling up the score as he pulled one back for the hosts on 73 minutes. But it ended up being nothing more than a consolation as the Phobians hung on for their third road win of the season to hold on to the second spot on 18points, and 2points off the top spot.

    The brace is Cosmos Dauda’s second on the season and his third goal from his last two PL matches.

    Perhaps the victory is a good omen for the Phobians whose last victory against AshGold at Obuasi on 28/02/07 (9yrs, 1month, 3wks, 6days), a lone goal win culminated in a PL Title win on the season.

    AshGold remain 10th on 10points after the loss.

    Chelsea 3-0 Dreams – Berekum

    Dreams FC pick up first back-to-back defeat of the season as Chelsea maintain perfect home record.

    Berekum Chelsea moved into the PL top-four following a comfortable 3-0 victory over visiting newbies, Dreams FC, who picked up their first back-to-back defeat in the PL after a credible 8 game run that saw them lose twice.

    A double from top scorer Saddick Adams in the second half of the game and another, the opener from Seth Appiah deep into the first half handed all 3points to the home side who moved into the fourth spot on the log on 16points.

    Dreams plummeted from the third to the seventh spot on 14points with the loss.

    Hasaacas 0-1 Liberty – Sekondi

    Visiting Liberty stun Hasmal at home.

    Match favorites Sekondi Hasaacas were given a shocker at home by Liberty Professionals who managed to bag all 3points at Essipong against all the odds hand Hasaacas their second straight of the season.

    Hasmal dominated the match especially in the first half but failed to convert with Eric Bekoe leading the charge but missing the few chances that came their way whilst the visitors who looked as though they will be satisfied with a point held on.

    But with the game heading towards a draw, Bernard Arthur, chose the most inopportune time to strike for the winner – the 90th- minute to leave Hasaacas with almost no time to strike the equalizer.

    The victory catapulted Liberty to the 3rd spot on 16 points whilst Hasaacas somehow moved from 13th to 12th on the log on 10 points.

    Aduana 3-0 Medeama – Dormaa

    Medeama SC drop to bottom of PL log

    Playing back-to-back home games for the first time this season, Aduana Stars, continued from where they left off last week, as they dispatched visiting CAF Confederation Cup play-off round contenders Medeama SC by a whopping 3 goals to nothing for a record 7 goals from two PL matches following their midweek blowout of Hasaacas by 4 goals to nothing.

    Former Kotoko striker Mohammed Yahaya scored yet another brace on the match day; the first in the 35th minute, courtesy of Zakaria Mumuni’s cross before making it a double around the 60th minute mark.

    Elvis Opuku sealed the deal in the waning moments of the game to put an already lost game well beyond the reach of their visitors.

     

     

    Abena Alice with news wires

     

  • On Sunday, the pressure will be on Accra Hearts of Oak to avoid a 0-2 start to the season as they make the long trip to the Tarkwa Akoon Park ...

    Following a mixed bag of results this past weekend on the opening day of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season that led to heightened drama in the camp of Accra Hearts of Oak, and the subsequent firing of their head coach, Kim Grant, and the coaches of Karela FC and Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs jumping on to the hot seat immediately following losses at home, the pairings for this weekend have the promise of piling up the pressure on several teams as they look to make amends and forestall a 0-2 start to the young season.

  •  With traditional rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko set to play the 103rd game of their rivalry at the Accra Sports Stadium, tomorrow May 2nd, Premier League leaders – Wa All Stars – saw their lead atop the summit remain the same (2points) despite picking up their second defeat of the season at the hands of Medeama SC, leaving open the possibility of the Phobians taking hold of the summit tomorrow, should they handle their business against Kotoko.

  •  The pressure to win on the road caught up with hitherto PL leaders – Wa All Stars – as precocious and newly promoted side – Techiman City FC – extended their unbeaten home run to five despite conceding a goal on their home turf for the first time this season as they handed Wa All Stars their first back-to-back defeat of the season and bundled them off the summit on a sound 2-1 scoreline in their match day 11 encounter at the Nana Ameyaw Park in Techiman to move into the fourth spot.

  • The nation’s top-flight league will enter Match Day 12 this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 with the Ghana Football Association still in pursuit of a headline sponsor for the PL, and Ghana's sole representative in Africa, Medeama SC, will once again not be engaged because of their CAF Confederation Cup second leg playoff assignment against South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns which is set for the same day. The Yellows and Mauves must overturn a 3-1 deficit to book their place in group stage.

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