Traditional clubs Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko are slowly regaining their lost grip of Ghana’ topflight football. The two flamboyant clubs are using different strategies this season. While Kumasi Asante Kotoko prefers an all-attacking game, Hearts of Oak have bought into the famous ‘one goal project’ strategy which is widely attributed to the famous Herbert Addo.
Here is a preview of this week’s games:
BECHEM UNITED – ADUANA STARS
Bechem Utd is going to have to find wins sooner than later otherwise they can forget about the season. What is good about Bechem is that they do not have the weakest attack. At an average of 1 goal per game, they are 6th on the Offence Table. In Peter Ofori-Quaye and Eric Fordjuor, Bechem have enough experience and skill to find the net, but to what extent can they protect their post? Aduana does not just have one of the best defences, but they have performed well on the road. A narrow win by Aduana is very likely
MIGHTY JETS – DWARFS
Dwarfs may go into this game with revenge on their minds. Last season, Jet’s Mohammed Murkson scored the only goal when both teams clashed. On form alone, Dwarfs are playing better than Mighty Jets. They have not lost a game this season, while Jets have struggled to find wins. If the Dwarfs strikers do not produce some of their wasteful performances, they should narrowly win this game.
TEMA YOUTH – MEDEAMA SC
Sometimes, one gets the impression that Tema Youth are not ready for top flight football. One win with one goal in four games speaks enough of the weakness of the Tema team. Their officials have blamed their piss-poor run on bad officiating. But are the referees also stopping their strikers from scoring? Medeama are too strong for Tema Youth even in their backyard.
ASHANTIGOLD FC – LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS
Last season, AshantiGold beat Liberty by 2-0 courtesy goals from Emmanuel Adjetey and Alhaji Sannie. With Aaron Amoah on suspension, AshantiGold’s midfield will be slightly imbalanced. However, the Obuasi team looks very likely to continue their winning ways against Liberty who are themselves struggling to find wins on the road.
HEART OF LIONS – WA ALL STARS
Even at home, Lions have struggled to score goals or to keep their post shut. The Lions could not stand Kotoko last week. Coming from such a humiliating defeat, Lions will want to go all out against All Stars. But All Stars is on a better form this season than Lions. Last season when they clashed at the same venue, All Stars forced a goalless draw. This season, Lions do not seem to have enough about them to beat All Stars. An away win for All Stars is very much likely.
BEREKUM ARSENALS – ASANTE KOTOKO
Arsenals are returning to their inspirational grounds, Golden City Park, at Berekum after a long ban. On this hallowed grounds, against Asante Kotoko last season, there was drama. The match was called off because of a controversial clash of jerseys. So this game will be an exciting way for the Berekum folks to welcome football. Unfortunately, this game is a no contest for Kotoko who are on some lethal goal scoring form.
WASSAMAN UNITED – BEREKUM CHELSEA
Something is obviously not right at Chelsea. They have appointed their third coach after just four games. The experienced Hans van der Plume, who is credited for building the foundation for Heart of Lions has now taken over the Chelsea hot seat. It is unclear how successful Plume will be. What is however certain is that Chelsea have enough quality to beat Wassaman even on Wassaman’s own home grounds.
HEARTS OF OAK – EDUBIASE FC
This is my game of the week. The prolific attack of Edubiase comes face-to-face with the stingy defense of Accra Hearts of Oak. Last season, a well taken goal from Nuhu Huseini Fuseini gave the visitors all three points. This season, Emmanuel Baffuor is continuing where Fuseini left. The youthful striker has scored in all games this season. Baffuor will face his strongest test when he faces the Hearts defense. This will be a tough game – may the better side win.