The Ghana Premier league finally kicked off yesterday after almost four months of legal disputes with WAFA recording the first win by beating favourite Kumasi Asante Kotoko by two goals to nil.
Here are the results and five things learnt from day one of local football.
WAFA 2-0 Asante Kotoko
*AshantiGold 2-1 Medeama
*International Allies 2-0 Aduana Stars
Hearts Of Oak 1-0 New Edubiase
*Wa All Stars 3-0 Hasaaca
*Ebusua Dwarfs 0-1 Dreams FC
*Techiman City 1-0 Berekum Chelsea
*Bechem United 2-0 Liberty
Five things learnt
1. Good Attendance
Many wondered if the delay would affect interest in the league. Though the league started without a major sponsor, week 1 witnessed encouraging attendance at the various centres, an indication fans had been starved of local football for a long while. Hearts, whose pre-season had not gone well saw their fans turn up in their numbers to watch. Saw attendance was seen at the WAFA-Kotoko game. Techiman also recorded massive patronage from the local folks, the same at Cape Coast. This is an indication, if all measures are put in place well, our league can generate the required interest and attract the needed sponsorship for the development of the game.
- Dream Debut for Dreams FC
Dreams FC qualification to the premier league made them one of the teams to watch. Faced with a debut feature away to Ebusua Dwarfs, who were themselves making a return to the premier league had many wondering if Dreams could kick start on a winning note. Yes, they did by pipping the home team by a lone goal courtesy Johnson Owusu. Another debutant, Techiman City also beat former league champions Berekum Chelsea by two goals to nil. It has been a dream debut for these two teams whose qualification was surrounded with controversies.
- The Champions On a Flying Start
AshantiGold’s defense of their league title got off to the positive start they desire by beating their nemesis Medeama FC by 2-1 at the Obuasi Stadium. The two sides had met two weeks ago in Super Cup where the FA Cup winners beat the league champions by a lone goal. The results would also be a morale boaster to the champions as they prepare for the second leg of their CAF Champions League in Algeria.
- Good Officiating
Reports from the various league centres pictured a day of good officiating by the referees. This is a positive sign of good games to witness when losing teams would not a portion their defeat to bad officiating. We commend match officials for their performance.
- Wa All Stars Should be Watched
One team that should be watched this season is Wa All Stars. They began their intention for their first league trophy by recording the highest score in Match Day 1. They beat Sekondi Hasaccas by three goals without any response. Two goals from Maxwell Baako and one from Richard Arthur was all the the Wa team needed to put them on top of the league standing.