Aduana Stars were this past Sunday formally crowned Champions of the just-ended 2016/17 edition of the Ghana Premier League.
The Brong Ahafo based side’s coronation came on at their favorite home turf, the Nana Agyemang Badu II Park in Dormaa-Ahenkro, on the heels of a 2-1 victory over neighbors Berekum Chelsea in a specially arranged match to commemorate the occasion.
The coronation was originally scheduled to come off at the Obuasi Sports Stadium following the final match of the season between Aduana Stars and AshGold on October 22nd, but the Premier League Board acquiesced to the former’s request for the coronation ceremony to be held on their home turf, and in front of their vociferous fans.
The match saw Aduana Stars continue their excellent form and unbeaten run at home this season.
Two first half goals; the first from Bright Adjei after 13 minutes and the second from Derrick Sasraku at the 15th minute mark gave the Champions a 2-0 lead at the break. Stephen Baffour reduced the deficit for B. Chelsea with a spot kick to set the stage for a nervy finish that saw Aduana Stars hold off their guest’s attempts at drawing level.
Overall, Aduana Stars played thirty matches, won sixteen, lost five, tied 9, scored forty-five goals, and conceded 25.
Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, General Secretary of the NDC, Mr. George Kwasi Afriyie, Vice President of the GFA, Mr. George Kwasi Afriyie, Vice President of the GFA, Alhaji Collins Dauda, Member of Parliament for Asunafo South constituency, Mr. Cudjoe Fianu, GHALCA Chair were some of the dignitaries who graced the momentous occasion.
The Paramount Chief of Dormaa and life patron of the club, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, and several traditional rulers from the area were also in attendance.
Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu, who also doubles as the main financier of the club, together with several chiefs from the region, inspected the two sides with some help from PLB and GFA officials prior to kick off.
The Minister of Health, Dr Agyeman Man, presented the 2015/16 trophy to the club. He commended them for their excellent performance and exhorted them to avoid complacency as they prepare to represent the country in the Confederation Cup tournament next year.
For winning the Championship, the team was presented with a trophy, and a check for $30,000.00. The players and technical staff of the team were also given a gold medal each for their winning effort.
In an interview with the press after the match, head coach of the team, Yusif Abubakar, voiced his appreciation and thanks to all those who contributed in diverse ways to help the team reach its goal.