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Glo Premier League 09/10: What to expect from the clubs


It is 15 Hours GMT on Sunday 16th October. Fired-up players troop to the pitch. Referee Reginald Latbridge looks at his watch seconds after he finishes counting the players. The atmosphere is charged with rhythmic ‘nsamanmo’ from different groups around the stadium together with never-ending beautiful noise of the from hundreds of vuvuzelas. The is anxiety, there are great expectations, there is excitement and then there is hope. The hope of going all the way to the top of table. Viva the Glo Premiership 2009/20010! 

Somewhere in the VIP section, a club official squirms uncomfortably in his seat. This is a make-or-break season. Somewhere at the popular stand there is an explosive argument about the abilities of the new coach which is deteriorating into near fisticuffs. One ‘nsamanmo-chanting’ choir is not about to stop circling the outer perimeter. A player prays against injuries this season. Another wonders if this is his year. The heat is on! 

Eight Glo Premier League venues will come alive each week this season with some of the best Football Made in Ghana.  Sixteen teams; 30 weeks and 240 exciting games – Only one club will see glory. That club which will display enough  mental toughness, technical superiority, tactical aptness and a lot of ‘ways and mean’ will be crowned champions of The Glo Premier League 2009/2010!  

I look forward to an exciting season. Of course, given that this is the Ghanaian league, I will not be in denial – there will be the usual troubles of board and court room wrangling;  bad officiating and crowd violence. Hopefully this year we will record the minimum of such vices. But let me take you through three things to expect from each of the 16 clubs. First, I tell you what to expect in general, then I mention three players you should look out for and then I make a prediction of the likely position of the team.

 HEART OF LIONS

What to expect: Top of the class performances and a stiff title challenge. A hot-spot for potential crowd misbehaviour

Players to watch: Awako Gladson, Kofi Nti boakye, Tanko Mohammed

Predicted position: Top four. Likely champions

GREAT OLYMPICS

What to expect: One or two exciting performances. Nothing else. A lot of confusion at management level. Under-pressure coach

Players to watch: Goalkeeper Ben Mensah; Eric Adjei and Isaac Bortey

Predicted position: Second quarter (5th to 8th).

ADUANA STARS

What to expect: A determined leadership. A good fight.

Players to watch: Richard Addai, Ernest Osei Kwame and Bright Frimpong

Predicted position: Bottom table. They will be lucky not to get relegated.

HEARTS OF OAK

What to expect: Poor management decisions. Gross fan disappointments. Some voilence if the pressure mounts.

Players to watch: Obed Ansah, Karim Alhassan and Kofi Abanga

Predicted position:  Second quarter (5th to 8th).

ELEVEN WISE

What to expect: Jacket-wearing by-the-book coaches who are likely to have squabbles with management

Players to watch: Adamu Mohammed, Kweku Essien and Samuel Ayew Yeboah

Predicted position: Third quarter (9th to 12th).

KING FAISAL

What to expect: Street-smart management, good coaching and excellent football

Players to watch: Nyaya Sumaila, Alhassan, Suraj Muhammed, John Kuffuor

Predicted position: Top four. Strong contenders

ASANTE KOTOKO

What to expect: Paa Kwasi Fabien is likely to be fired. Some wonderful performances and passionate support. A hotspot for potential crowd violence.

Players to watch: Baffuor Gyan, Samed Abdul Oppong and Jordan Opoku

Predicted position: Top four, title contenders. Not likely to win.

LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS

What to expect: Potential, potential, potential. Look out for one of the 5 hottest players of the season to emerge from Dansoman.

Players to watch: Daniel Adjei, Latif Salifu, Richard Kissi Boateng

Predicted position: Second quarter (5th to 8th).

HASAACAS

What to expect: This is one of the hotspots for crowd violence.

Players to watch: Joseph Addo, Joseph Bisah and Benjamin Annan

Predicted position:  Third quarter (5th to 8th).

NEW EDUBIASE

What to expect: An aggressive start, a poor finish

Players to watch: Charles Vardis, Fuseini twins – Nuhu Fuseini and Alhassan Fuseini

Predicted position: Bottom four. Relegation contender

REAL TAMALE UNITED

What to expect: A fortified home grounds. More draws than wins. Under fire coach.

Players to watch: Kwame Adzagba, Peter Yakubu, Alhassan Weah

Predicted position: Bottom table

ALL STARS

What to expect: Incident-free, but unimpressive season

Players to watch: Robert Dabuo, Gafaru Nasiru, Francis Mantey

Predicted position: Third quarter (9th to 12th).

BEREKUM ARSENAL

What to expect: Hottest spot for potential violence. Fortified home. Looking good until mid-season.

Players to watch: Philip Boampong, Stephen Amankwah, Frank Yeboah

Predicted position: Second quarter (5th to 8th).

BECHEM CHELSEA

What to expect: A tough battle. They might even come close to winning the title

Players to watch: Lee Addey, Emmanuel Osei Kuffuor and Richard Adika

Predicted position: Top four, will not contend for the title

KESSBEN FC

What to expect: Some good coaching with average plares will mean average performance

Players to watch: Richard Mpong, Stephen Tetteh, Suraj Mohammed

Predicted position: Third quarter (9th to 12th).

ASHANTI GOLD SC

What to expect: We shall experience another season of struggle.

Players to watch: Alfred Arthur, Emmanuel Adjetey, Thomas Duah

Predicted position: Bottom table.

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