Ghana Glo Premier league is building up momentum. This far, only 3 (18.75%) of all games played gave been won away from home. These games were won by Hearts of Oak, Edubiase and Wa All Stars. These three teams go into tough duels this weekend. Will they be able to maintain their winning form?
MIGHTY JETS – WASSAMAN
Jets are yet to register a win this season. They have scored just two goals this far, conceding three. What is worse? They are having both managerial and coaching difficulties. Wassaman have on the other hand been steered by the Legendary Herbert Addo to an interesting scoring run, with 4 goals to boast of. On club morale and scoring form alone, Wassaman may appear to be favourites for this encounter. I however see Mighty Jets taking all the points from this game with a narrow win.
MEDEAMA – LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS
Liberty, the scientific soccer lads, will seek to worsen the woes of the free-falling Medeama. The last time these two teams met in the Glo Premier League, Medeama won the day with Adam Kassim and Kabiru Imoro on target before goalkeeper Daniel Adjei scored a consolation penalty. During the pre-season G-8 Tournament, Medeama beat Liberty 3-1. Mohammed Tanko and Hans Kwoffie scored for Medeama and Camara Ibrahima goat one back for Liberty. But all is not well at Medeama. Their talisman coach Bashir Hayford is virtually being forced out of the team and many of their players are injured. Should they overcome these constraints, Medeama will be clear favourites for this encounter. Even though Sixteen-year old Liberty striker Zuberu Fuseini is likely to be a thorn in Medeama’s flesh, I expect a drawn game with goals.
TEMA YOUTH – ADUANA
Last week, when they travelled to Wa to play All Stars, Tema Youth could have won by a huge goal margin if they converted their chances. At home this week against one of the most defensive sides, Tema Youth will have to cut down on their wastefulness if they are to avoid another loss. I however cannot see Aduana going pass Tema Youth at Tema. I predict a narrow home win for Tema Youth
ASHANTIGOLD – WA ALL STARS
When they met last season, AshantiGold would have carried the day had Daniel Asamoah not missed a penalty. A wounded AshantiGold, whose egos were terribly bruised last week by Asante Kotoko, would want to vent their anger on visiting All Stars. On the part of All Stars, talisman winger Frank Sarfo Gyamfi and striker Adinan Saeed picked knocks against Tema Youth last season. It is unclear if they will start at Lenclay. Without these players, AshantiGold may just record a narrow win if Coach Zdravko Logarusic finds an answer to their goal drought. Watch out for Wa All Stars striker Joshua Otoo though, he can pull a surprise.
BECHEM UTD – ASANTE KOTOKO
Bechem Utd’s coach, Villislav Bogdanovic, picked a fine time to quit with the boisterous Kotoko coming to town. Even when their coach was in charge, Bechem Utd managed 2 goals, one of which was a penalty. With such a poor run, I cannot see Bechem Utd having enough fire power to stop Kotoko. Maybe Bechem forward Eric Fordjuor will give the Kotoko defense a couple of troubling moments, but not enough to stop the Fabulous team’s forward match. Michael Anaba, formerly of Gamba All Blacks who came to limelight with some stellar performances for Windy Professionals during last season’s FA Cup will be the player to watch for Asante Kotoko.
HEART OF LIONS – DWARFS
Paa Kwesi Fabin’s return to Lions as coach has not started on the whirlwind fashion he might have dreamt of. But Dwarfs does not have the material to unsettle his side on home grounds. The Dwarfs attack is inefficient and has had to depend on penalty calls to score 66% of their goals so far this season. Encounters between Dwarfs and Lions are however always tough. Last season, it took the magic of Gilbert Fiamenyo to overturn a game that had a draw written all over it. This week, I think Heart of Lions will have an easier time beating Dwarfs.
BEREKUM ARSENALS – EDUBIASE
Arsenals need to find their confidence on the pitch or they may have to forget about contending for any respectable place this season. When they met Edubiase last season, they had striker Nana Poku who scored a hattrick before Emmanuel Baffuor pulled one back. This time, Edubisae is clearly above Arsenal in class. I believe this Edubiase team has enough about it to see off Berekum Arsenal.
HEARTS OF OAK – BEREKUM CHELSEA
Easily my pick of the week! This game should be a cracker if Hearts of Oak players find their rhythm. Abdul Basit, who is on some lethal form this season, opened the scoring when both sides met last season. It took a moment of magic from out-of-favour striker Edwin ‘Pele’ Osei to save the blushes of Hearts of Oak. The picture may not be different this season. Both clubs have been active in the transfer market and are looking for the perfect blend of players. Tactically, I can see both teams cancelling each other. The game has a draw with goals all over it. However, Berekum Chelsea has more player who can win the game on their own than does Hearts.