- Given the uncertainty and rust that has enveloped players and football administrators in the country for a while now, it’s uncertain what to expect come Sunday, but ...
The long-awaited return of the Ghana Premier League following its suspension in July of 2018 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi is upon us. Come tomorrow, avid soccer fans will have a serving of what the revitalized Ghana FA and Ghana football in general will look like under new boss, Mr. Kurt Okraku, who was recently elected into office to reshape and rebrand an Association that has a lot catching up to do; domestically and internationally.
Right off the bat, the 2019-2020 season will kick off with some interesting pairings and plot lines as the traditional clubs look to stave off competition from the unheralded clubs who have more recently dominated the local soccer scene to the chagrin of the former.
Given the uncertainty and rust that has enveloped players and football administrators in the country for a while now, it’s uncertain what to expect come Sunday, but a revamped Accra Hearts of Oak squad under the charge of Coach Kim Grant will be on the hunt for redemption and lost glory to end a 10-year title drought as they host Berekum Chelsea. 2017 Premier League champions – Aduana Stars – will be shooting for the perfect start as hosts of Tema based Inter Allies FC, a club that would be seeking to overcome their poor road record from previous seasons. And fresh off their 2-1 President’s Cup triumph over rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, Kumasi Asante Kotoko will have the chance to overwhelm Eleven Wonders as they look to get their title aspirations on track.
Bolstered by a successful run in 2018 that had them in contention for the League title, AshantiGold SC will be hoping to pick up where they left off as they host an Accra Great Olympics side that is returning to the Premiership on the heels of a reinstatement from the FA Congress. With huge changes on the technical bench of both clubs, it’s unsure how things will go but the Miners definitely have the advantage at home. The Hunters of Ghana soccer, Beechem United will have the chance to get off to a good start as they welcome an Elmina Sharks sidethat will be looking to rekindle some of its best moments from the last season and can definitely give them some problems at home. And a very enterprising and talented Dreams FC side will go all out to make their fans ‘Believers’ again, as well as hand their owner, who is incidentally the FA Chairman a winning start to the season as they take on newly promoted side King Faisal.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Medeama SC will be gunning for the top spot they held on the Ghana Premier League table prior to its truncation as guests of mysterious Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs, who were caught up in the relegation places. Karela FC, who were participating in the League for the very first time prior to its abrupt end will seek to reproduce the brilliance that saw them hold their own against many of the long-tenured clubs and had them second on the table as they welcome the highly acclaimed ‘Academy Lads’ of Ghana soccer from Sogakope - WAFA FC - in what will be a very entertaining encounter. Finally Dansoman based Liberty Professionals will have the chance to put the travails of the previous season behind them as hosts of 2016 Champions Wa All Stars, but they will first have to run through Goran 'Kuc' Barjaktarević, who will be orchestrating the affairs of their guests on the sidelines and will be looking to prove his worth on Match Day 01.
Ghana Premier League Week 01 Fixtures
Accra Hearts of Oak SC vs. Berekum Chelsea FC – Accra Sports Stadium
Aduana Stars FC vs. Inter Allies FC
Asante Kotoko SC vs. Eleven Wonders FC – Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi
Ashantigold SC vs. Great Olympics FC – Len Clay, Obuasi
Bechem United FC vs. Elmina Sharks FC - Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park
Dreams FC vs. King Faisal FC – Dawu Park
Ebusua Dwarfs FC vs. Medeama SC – Cape Coast Stadium
Karela United FC vs. WAFA – Akoon Park, Tarkwa
Liberty Prof FC vs. Wa All Stars FC – Carl Reindorf Park, Dansoman