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Feb
09

Glo Premier League Round 9 Review


richard manuHistory has an amazing way of repeating itself. On a day when Kumasi Asante Kotoko was dead-sure of running away with both the bragging rights and maximum points at stake, history decided to repeat itself. According to the followers of historical facts, any year the Black Satellites win the African Youth Championship, the oracles become Hearts of Oak fans when Kotoko play Hearts of Oak at Babayara. So it is a fact that in 1993 and 1999 when Ghana won the African Youth Championship, Hearts trekked to Kumasi and returned with maximum points. Glo Premier League Round 9 results have not just validated the theory but added to the evidence. Of course, Ghana’s el-classico did not disappoint. The run-up to the game was exciting, the game was exciting and the post-match reactions were even more exciting. In the end, Hearts of Oak won the bragging rights. They have ended up breaking Kotoko’s dominance at home. Elsewhere….

ONENE DJAN, ACCRA: Sporting Mirren 1-1 Berekum Arsenal
0-1 Thomas Yeboah
1-1 Stephen Amankwaah

I was expecting Arsenals travel to Ohene Djan to steal three points, but I was wrong. At least Sporting Mirren managed a draw. Still, this is not good enough for Mirren and they must plan to win a few more games or else they will go back to Division I. Berekum Arsenal have picked an important point and they should be pleased with their performance.

CORRONATION PARK, SUNYANI: Bechem Chelsea 0-0 Heart of Lions
I expected Berekum Chelsea to overcome the Heart of Lions challenge at the Coronation Park. Well, they couldn’t; dropping two points important at home, which is not good for them. Next week, they go away and if care is not taken, they can drop more points. They sensational gusto with which they started the league is fast fading off, unfortunately.

WA PARK, WA: All Stars 2-0 Eleven Wise
1-0 Daniel Bomfah
2-0 Aminu Fuseini

All Stars continues to make itself indomitable at home. In my preview, I found this game too difficult to predict. Well, All Stars proved superior on the day. I pity Wise. They journeyed several hours to Wa and have had to return home without a point and 2 goals worse off. What is worse? Eleven Wise must get to Sekondi before Wednesday so as to rest enough and prepare to face in-form Real Tamale United.

TAMALE SPORTS, TAMALE: Real Tamale United 3-0 Tema Youth
1-0 Michael Annan (Own Goal)
2-0 Fatau ‘Owen’ Mohammed
3-0 Kwame Adzagba
4-0 Karim Sadat

This is the most surprising game of the week. I predicted RTU to win this match and am glad to be spot-on. But four solid goals against the third-placed team is not something I expected. Abdul Razak had to pull all the tricks up his sleeves to satisfy his impatient club supporters. I am glad he did. We are left to find how Tema Youth will pick themselves from this pummelling.

LENCLAY, OBUASI: Ashantigold 0-1 King Faisal
In the build-up to this game, I mentioned that it looked more likely that Faisal will win this game given the managerial and technical imbalances at Lenclay. Faisal joined Hearts of Oak as the only teams, which went away to win their games. If The Miners do not sort their problems and work on player morale, they will join the relegation-threatened teams by the end of the first half of the league.

BABAYARA, KUMASI: Asante Kotoko 1-2 Hearts of Oak
0-1 Hassan Mohammed
0-2 Obed Ansah
1-2 Stephen Oduro

Obed Ansah is in the form of his life, there is no doubt about that. The diminutive midfield dynamo now leads the goal king race with 6 goals after getting on the score sheet for the fourth time in four games on Sunday. With this win, Hearts of Oak stretch Kumasi Asante Kotoko by 9 points. If they don’t lose steam, it doesn’t look like any club can catch-up with them.

ONENE DJAN, ACCRA: Liberty Professionals 1-1 Kessben
0-1 Edmund Owusu Peprah
1-1 Daniel Kofi Bonsu

How Liberty could not pick maximum points at home amazes me. Liberty has established reputation for itself as a third force in Ghanaian football, but it looks like this year they have to work extra to live up to their own expectation. Kessben should be smiling all the way home. This point may prove crucial when the league picks up steam.

ESSIPONG STADIUM, SEKONDI: Hasaacas 3-1 All Blacks
1-0 Charles Nartey
2-0 Joseph Akowuah Mensh
3-0 Charles Nartey
3-1 Aaron Baah

By the end of the first half, this game was goaless. Whatever the bench told the Hasmal players worked. Charles Nartey came up tops with two goals. The striker should be excited about his performance in what I have voted as the most boring game of the season. I predicted All Blacks to win, but I was wrong. Hasmal is not dead yet. This is their first home win. Hopefully, the point build-up and relegation escape has began for the embattled team.

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