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03
Nov
10

Glo (Ghana) Premier League 2010/2011: Top of the October Performers

Stephen Manu, New Edubiase's goal poacher

Stephen Manu, New Edubiase's goal poacher

By the end of October, 2010 (9 games played), Berekum Chelsea had neither lost nor conceded at home, making the Golden City Park the most fortified home grounds.

Other teams who had not lost at home were Berekum Arsenal (Golden City Park), New Edubiase (Gyamfi Park), All Stars (Wa Park) and champions Aduana (Agyemang Badu II Park).

Accra Hearts of Oak’s experienced goal keeper Sammy Adjei and his co-defenders had ensured that by the end of October the glorious club had conceded only 1 away goal.

New Edubiase, Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Kessben had all recorded 2 away wins (the highest so for). R.T.U had not won or drawn an away game.

From my perspective, the following personalities distinguished themselves in the month of October.

COACH OF THE MONTH (OCTOBER) – Bashir Hayford

Bashir Hayford continued employing wing play to intrigue his fellow coaches in October.

[1] Bashir Hayford

[2] Atila Sekerelogu (Brerekum Chelsea)

[3] David Duncan (Ashgold)

GOAL KEEPER OF THE MONTH (OCTOBER) -Sammy Adjei

Two goalkeepers were impressive in October; Heart of Lion’s Joseph Addo and Hearts of Oak’s Sammy Adjei. Both players conceded only once in October. My pick for goal keeper of the month however is Sammy Adjei because Joseph Addo played less 1 less game than Adjei. Besided, Samy Adjei kept 2 away clean sheets awhile.  Statistics notwithstanding, Sammy Adjei’s vast experience has been one of the secrets of Hearts of Oak this far.

[1] Sammy Adjei

[2] Joseph Addo (Heart of Lions)

LATERAL/WING BACK OF THE MONTH (OCTOBER) – Atta Kusi (Liberty)

The lateral defensive contest between Kessben left back Seth Owusu and Aduana right back Godfred Saka went on unabated. Atta Kusi of Liberty however caught my attention in October with some good display of football. Kusi capped a good month with a goal for his struggling side Liberty. Godfred Saka had a bad day on Match Day 9 when he put the ball past his own goal keeper.

[1] Atta Kusi (Liberty Professionals)

[2] Seth Owusu (Kessben)

[3] Godfred Saka (Aduana)

CENTRAL DEFENDER OF THE MONTH (OCTOBER) – Joseph Hendricks

For a veteran, Hendricks has imposed his rich experience on the Glo Premier league this season and he has been on target in October also. Worth mentioning in this same position is Hearts of Oak’s U-20 star Karim Alhassan who continues to be one of the key reasons why the Accra-based club conceded only once in October. Bright Nsiah of Heart of Lions, Emmanuel Akuoko of Aduana and Henry Ohene Brenya of Kotoko all distinguished themselves in the month of October.

[1] Joseph Hendricks (Kessben)

[2] Karim Alhassan (Hearts of Oak)

[3] Emmanuel Akuoko (Aduana) Continue reading ‘Glo (Ghana) Premier League 2010/2011: Top of the October Performers’

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20
Oct
09

Glo Premier League 09/10 Preview: Round 2

ABRANKESE: Kessben FC-Great Olympics

 If you are a lover of beautiful football then this should be the game you are likely to be interested in. Home side Kessben are on a good run, beating King Faisal Babies 1-2 away from home in round 1. They will expect to produce another good result, but Accra Great Olympics are a difficult team to beat.

Players to watch Kessben: Richard Mpong, Prince Attakora Gyima and Bismark Idan

Players to watch Olympics: Muntari Tagoe, Malik Akowua, Eric Adjei

Prediction: Kessben 1:2 Great Olympics

  

WA PARK: All Stars-Ashanti Gold SC

 The Miners come to this game with an unconvincing home win against Bechem Chelsea while the Wa lads produced a spirited away draw down south. Quality wise, I rate All Stars above The Miners and I do not expect them to lose at home. However the Wa lads will have to find a good replacement for suspended Michael Ocansey.

Players to watch All Stars: Daniel Bomfa, Robert Dabuo, Kwame Nsor

Players to watch Ashgold: David Telfar, Fatau Dauda, Daniel Asamoah

Prediction: All Stars 2:0 AshGold

  Continue reading ‘Glo Premier League 09/10 Preview: Round 2’

17
Oct
09

Ghana – World Youth Champions!

I wish I knew where to start from or where to take this article. But I will discipline myself. Black Satellites 2009, wow, what a team, what a spirit! And my word, can victory be sweeter? How do I choose the words to extol this history-making Black Satellites team? If there is anyone who doubts that dreams come true, that resilience is the fuel of success, that a successful person’s true strength is the person next to him, that prayers get answered, I hope the Black Satellites 2009 have given you the answers you are looking for. 

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The last time Ghana won anything at FIFA level was 14 years ago at Ecuador 95 FIFA Under 17 Championship. Now that is long ago. Little wonder the streets of Ghana were filled with chants, horn-tooting and instant parties on Friday night when the hero Daniel Adjei made that historic save against Brazil’s Maicon to make Ghana World Youth Champions. What other excuse can Ghanaians have to drink the Friday away? The Brazil of Africa has defeated the Brazil of the world! Holala!

I never for once doubted the ability of this team. From the foundations built by Bashir Hayford in 2005/2006 through the additional assistance of Osam Duodu to the capable hands of Sellas Tetteh, I have always had confidence in this  generation of Ghanaian footballers. Big congratulations to these boys and especially their management team led by Mr. Jordan Anagbla. They are heroes and ought to return home to a rousing welcome. Continue reading ‘Ghana – World Youth Champions!’

15
Oct
09

FIFA U-20: What makes Brazil so dangerous?

Daniel Addo will prove important in the finals. Credit: KHALED DESUKI/AFP/Getty Images

Black Satellites 2009. Credit: KHALED DESUKI/AFP/Getty Images

With the FIFA Youth Championship (Egypt 2009) drawing to a close, I have been spending some time looking at the possible performance the two nations (Ghana and Brazil) are going to put up. I have been looking for what it will take for one of these two football nations to outclass the other, and I must say I am struggling to produce a list. 

Surely I would want Ghana to win. Looking at the big picture, The Black Satellites have much more burning reason to win this tournament than Brazil – Vengeance! South Americans (especially Brazil and Argentina) have given Ghana too much trouble in FIFA tournaments. For this reason they have been perpetually placed on Ghana’s wanted list at any level of the beautiful game.

In Ghana, there is an unwritten command to any national team. Brazil and Argentina are to be marked, attacked, defeated and humiliated wherever and whenever any Ghanaian team comes across them. Chasing this instruction has proven to be a tall order some of the times. For instance, it was Brazil which killed Ghana’s hopes of lifting the U-20 cup in 1993 and I believe this might just be the year to execute the unwritten order.  Continue reading ‘FIFA U-20: What makes Brazil so dangerous?’

13
Oct
09

Who are the men? – Black Satellites class of 2009

Dominic Adiyiah (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dominic Adiyiah (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghana has reached her third FIFA Youth Championship final since 1993. With this, coach Sellas Tetteh has joined Ghanaian coaching greats Osam Duodoo and E. K . Afranie as some of the best youth coaches to have evolved from Africa. Black Satellites 2009 have joined other great squads from 2001 and 1993 in the hall of U-20 fame.

Whereas some have weathered this important achievement as nothing new, others have said Ghana was just lucky. People must learn to be more thankful than this. Since the FIFA Youth Championship  commenced in 1977, only 13 countries have featured in the finals. Egypt 2009 inclusive, this is the third time Ghana has joined the 13-country club. Only Argentina and Brazil who have featured in the finals 7 and 8 times respectively played in more U-20 finals than Ghana (3 times in the finals).

  Continue reading ‘Who are the men? – Black Satellites class of 2009’

02
Feb
09

Meet The Glorious Black Satellites

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STANDING (L-R): David Nii Addy, Philip Boampong, James Adjei, Ransford Osei, Joseph Addo

SQUATTING (L-R): Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu, Andre Dede Ayew, Dominic Adiyiah, Gladson Awako, Abeiku Quansah, Samuel Inkoom

Continue reading ‘Meet The Glorious Black Satellites’

22
Sep
08

If you are reading this… Sellas, walk the talk

On September 28, Ghana’s Black Satellites attempt to take one more step towards the African Youth Championship to be held in Rwanda early 2009. Ghana’s Black Satellites have a have two-pronged challenge ahead of them. They have the task of stepping beyond the heights achieved by the Black Satellites of 1993 and 2001. Also, within this current squad, an entire nation is hoping  to find enough talent to replace its clearly aging heroes.

In deed, there are those who believe that resident in Sellas Tetteh’s Black Satellites is the potential to finally win Ghana real silverware at the senior level some few years to come.

It is said that, sufficient unto the day, is the evil thereof. While we plan for tomorrow, we must clear today’s load. Gambia must be beaten convincingly; home and away if the hopes Ghana have placed in this team is not going to fizzle into thin air.

Continue reading ‘If you are reading this… Sellas, walk the talk’




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