Thirteen weeks into the season, reality is beginning to hit some clubs and players of the Glo (Ghana) Premier League. Real Tamale United is finding that there are too few ‘winnable’ games to overcome the threat of relegation. Asante Kotoko have still not found what hit them. Accra Hearts of Oak have had their ‘perpetual season favourite’ shine dimmed by emerging powerhouses of the Brong Ahafo – Berekum Chelsea, Berekum Arsenal and Aduana.
It was of little wonder that the month of November saw many clubs appointing new coaches. Kotoko’s Ebo Mends resigned to save his reputation from further damage and was replaced by Serbian Bogdan Korac, who has just not had his magic wand working. Cape Coast Dwarfs appointed Prof. Joseph Mintah. Orlando Wellington took over the Berekum Chelsea hot seat and has since turned the Berekum side into an undefeatable force, while Jonas Amissah was appointed head coach of struggling Mighty Jets. These changes notwithstanding, some players and coaches were outstanding.
As always, I made a compilation of players who impressed me most in the past month.
COACH – Johnson Smith (Berekum Arsenals)
For amassing 8 points and remaining unbeaten throughout the month of November, Johnson Smith of Berekum Arsenals deserves the coach of the month. Johnson Smith’s Arsenals are among the favourites to lift the title this season. National coach Herbert Addo also put up a good performance with his defensive tactics, amassing 7 point for the league leaders in November. New coach of Berekum Chelsea Orlando Wellington has also not lost a game since he took over the helm of affairs on November 1.
 Johnson Smith (Berekum Arsenals)
 Herbert Addo (Aduana)
 Orlando Wellington (Berekum Chelsea)
GOAL KEEPER – Patrick Antwi (Liberty Professionals)
Statistically, Patrick Antwi of Liberty and Haruna Razak of Berekum Arsenals were the strongest goal keepers in November. The two shot stoppers kept clean sheets in 4 appearances in November. However, I will give the goalkeeper of the month to Patrick Antwi for his heroic performance against Accra Hearts of Oak away from home on Match Day 10. Foli Adade (Dwarfs) and Collins Addo (New Edubiase) also gave a good account of themselves.
 Patrick Antwi (Libery )
 Haruna Razak (Berekum Arsenals)
 Foli Adade (Dwarfs)
LATERAL /WING BACK – Eric Agyemang (Berekum Chelsea)
I was impressed by Berekum Chelsea right back Eric Agyeman (Berekum Chelsea) in the month of November, especially his performances against Kessben FC, All Stars and Kotoko on Match Days 10, 12 and 13 respectively. Other lateral/wing backs that put up decent performances in November include Alfred Arthur (Berekum Chelsea), Bobie Ansah (Hearts of Oak), Godfred Saka (Aduana) and Augustus Sefa (Kessben).
 Eric Egyemang (Berekum Chelsea)
 Bobie Ansah (Hearts of Oak)
 Godfred Saka (Aduana)
CENTRAL DEFENDER – David Kabou (Liberty Professionals)
It was difficult teasing out the best central defender as many players played above themselves in this role. From my perspective, David Kabou’s contribution to Liberty’s undefeated run this November was worth acknowledging. Similarly, Johnson Adomah of Aduana has been a mighty barrier in front of the Aduana post, keeping the title hopes of the defending champions alive. Honourable mention must go to Isaac Amadu of Mighty Jets, and Karim Alhassan of Hearts of Oak.
 David Kabou (Liberty Professionals)
 Johnson Adomah (Aduana)
 Isaac Amadu (Mighty Jets)
CENTRAL/DEFENSIVE/ATTACKING MIDFIELDER – Yaw Alexander (Berekum Chelsea)
In-form Aaron Amoah (Mighty Jets) continued with his stellar performances for Mighty Jets, and found the target on one occasion. Also, Hearts of Oak’s Douglass Nkrumah and Obed Ansah displayed very good performances in November. King Faisal’s amazing recovery recently can be traced in part to the performances of Ofosu Micky. B.A. Stars could not do anything in November without Daniel Larbi Coomson. Mumuni Oattara of Berekum Arsenals is the unsung hero of Arsenals. However, my pick for the month is the nimble-footed Yaw Alexander of Berekum Chelsea who has controlled the midfield perfectly for the title contenders.
 Yaw Alexander (Berekum Chelsea)
 Douglass Nkrumah (Hearts of Oak)
 Ofosu Micky (King Faisal)
WINGER – Bernard Dong Bortey (Aduana)
Obviously, the brightest wing potential of Ghana is Berekum Chelsea’s teenage sensation Frank Acheampong and even though he did not feature much for the giants of Berekum, he lit up the atmosphere anytime he was brought on. However, Bernard Dong Bortey stole the show in November. Another bright spot in wing play was Ashgold’s Latif Mohammed. Latif’s runs were impressive for Ashgold in November.
 Bernard Dong Bortey (Aduana)
 Latif Mohammed (Ashgold)
 Frank Acheampong (Berekum Chelsea)
FORWARD/STRIKER – Abdul Wahab (King Faisal)
Six strikers found the net at least twice in November. Abdul Wahab of King Faisal was the best striker in November, finding the net 3 times. Nuhu Fuseini (New Edubiase), Nathaniel Asamoah (All Stars), Emmanuel Clottey (Berekum Chelsea), Yakubu Mohammed (Ashgold) and Mohammed Abdul Bassit (Berekum Chelsea) all found the net twice. In spite of the fact the Bismark Idan scored only once in November, I rated him very highly in November. Idan’s performance on Match Day 10 where he employed his great pace to overtake Kessben’s defenders before dishing out a lovely left-footed cross to Osei Banahene to score was particularly impressive.
 Abdul Wahab (King Faisal)
 Bismark Idan (Berekum Chelsea)
 Nana Poku (Berekum Arsenals)
GOAL KING RACE (ENDING NOVEMBER, 2010) – Stephen Manu, Nana Poku (6 goals)
Nana Poku and Stephen Manu are joint top scorers with 6 goals apiece. Bismark Asiedu (Dwarfs), Fuseini Nuhu (New Edubiase), Abdul Wahab (King Faisal) and Emmanuel Clottey (B. Chelsea) are following with 5 goals apiece.