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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’

01
Oct
10

Glo (Ghana) Premier League 2010/2011: The best of the September

Even though the Glo (Ghana) Premier League is continuously faced with the age-old challenges of poor facilities, low television coverage and poor attendance, we have had an exciting first month.

In addition to some beautiful football at some centres; we have witnessed an average of 12 goals per week. At least one away team has recorded a win each week. Kessben FC was exceptional in this regard, winning all their 2 away games.

Aduana FC showed that their 2009/2010 title winning performance was not a fluke as they continued to show how a miserly defence, rather than abundance of goals was the best way to win the title in Ghana.

Kotoko fans have found their voices again. Their strikers have not failed to bang in the goals (6 goals in 4 games), neither have their defenders failed in stopping the goals (conceding only 1 goal in4 games).

The gross indiscipline displayed by players (particularly midfielder Obed Ansah), officials and some supporters of Accra Hearts of Oak on Match Day 4 when they threatened and physically assaulted referee G. Barimansu cannot go unmentioned. Hearts of Oak did not even have the courtesy of displaying remorse. While officials shamelessly jumped to the defence of their team, Unruly Obed Ansah claimed he did not regret his actions and the FA can do whatever they wish to him because they did not employ him. Shameful!!

The disgraceful acts of Accra Hearts of Oak notwithstanding, we saw some meritorious performances in the month of September. I made a compilation of the most impressive performers, from my perspective.

COACH OF THE MONTH (SEPTEMBER) – Bashir Hayford

I will pick Bashir Hayford as the most outstanding coach of the month. He masterminded the impressive performance of league leaders, Kessben FC. Ebo Mends’ (Kotoko) feat of beating Ashgold and Liberty Professionals away from home cannot be written off though. As for Mr. Herbert Addo (Aduana), he might have to prove to us that he can do more than defend. Continue reading ‘Glo (Ghana) Premier League 2010/2011: The best of the September’

22
May
10

Top performers of the Glo Premier League 2009/2010

The Professional League Board (PLB), organizers of Ghana’s Glo Premier League has honoured outstanding players of the 2009/2010 season.

Most Valuable Player: Mahatma Otoo (Accra Hearts of Oak)

Otoo, who graduated from the national U-17 side last season and emerged as the most promising player that season has gone on to win the MVP award this season.  Otoo shook off strong competition from Black Stars defender, Lee Addy and CHAN striker Bismark Idan. The young man’s career is off to a flying start. We can only wish him well and hope he grows into an efficient goal machine.

Most promising player: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars)

Saka has been the best full back in the Ghanaian league since Samuel Inkoom found a job in the Swiss League.  Many however felt the shear skill of King Faisal winger Frank Acheampong would be enough to win him this crown. This title is a tricky title. Very often, players show promise and then do not keep up with their promise. Last season, Obed Ansah was all over the place with some real promise. Today, he cannot even compete for place at Hearts of Oak. Hopefully, Saka will not disappoint.

Goal Keeper of the Year: Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

There was just no contest here. How a goal keeper can concede only 10 goals in 30 matches is a mystery worth Sherlock Holmes’ interest. The former Real Sportive goalie has displayed some of the best goal keeping Ghana has had a long while. You’ve got to give Stephen Ahorlu (Heart of Lions) a lot of credits though who produced some wonderful performances this season. Somewhere in the season, Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals) caught the attention of the world with his U-20 performances. But Adams just stood tall.

Defender of the year: Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea)

Addy has done well to retain his 2008/2009 title. The Aduana Stars fullback was however too visible this season. Personally, I would have have given this award to Godfred Saka who was aided to make Aduana Stars the meanest defence of all time. Karim Alhassan of Hearts of Oak who also stood tall in central defence for Hearts of Oak.

FROM LEFT: Torric Jibril and Samuel Affum

FROM LEFT: Torric Jibril and Samuel Affum

Continue reading ‘Top performers of the Glo Premier League 2009/2010’

16
Oct
09

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. Continue reading ‘Glo Premier League 09/10: What to expect from the clubs’




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