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6 THINGS OBSERVED AS GHANAIANS RETURNED TO FOOTBALL

On the last day of March, it came to life! Like childbirth, 9 months was enough for the rebirth of men football activities in Ghana. The wait ended as 12 Premier League sides engaged in 6 matches to kick-start the Ghana FA's Special Competition. The competition is segmentated into 2 Zones with Hearts of Oak and Kotoko placed apart. 

With 2 games postponed for various reasons, 11 goals were scored across the 6 match centres. Asante Kotoko, Ashantigold, WAFA and Hearts of Oak recorded home wins respectively. Karela United, the only victorious away side with Sharks holding Inter Allies in a barren game. 

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Here are six things we observed as football in Ghana came alive once more;

1. One for Three 
Accra Hearts of Oak marked their return to football and the Accra Sports Stadium with a slender win under manager, Kim Grant. The wasteful Phobians grabbed all points over Dreams FC courtesy a strike by  Kojo Obeng Jnr. In 14 games played in the abridged 2018 season, the Phobians managed to score more than once only twice (Vs All Stars and Dwarfs). Can the Accra based side keep winning with just single goals? 

2. Ishahaku Finally Recognized 
Under Paa Kwasi Fabin,  Asante Kotoko remarkably let go of some top names in the middle of the season. With some patchy results, Fabin brought in relatively unknown and inexperienced players to aid his course which he someway achieved. One of the players,  Alhaji Ishahaku Mohammed was drafted in but he never got a chance at the Babayara Stadium. Shipped out,  the promising left footed player finally got a  game under his belt for Elmina Sharks as they held Inter Allies to a draw. Thumbs up!

3. Underrated Smith 
Karela United joined the Premier League only last season and many were marvelled at their play with others endorsing their stay. The demise of the Club's Bankroller, Senator Brigidi, as football lay in wait however cast doubts about their future. The departure of some household names like Jean Vitale, Baako, Ganiu etc seem an affirmation. A new season comes and winning maximum points away from Aiyinase is no mere achievement. The club coach, Johnson Smith is renowned for his free flowing passing games and he isn't relenting anytime soon from all indications. One Big Coach.

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4. "Foul-Rouk"
Former Elmina Sharks defender, Farouk Mohammed partnered Caleb Amankwah in central defense in the Asante-Aduana derby. In a spirited game for the "Ogya Boys", Farouk could have been sent off for his clumsy challenges regardless of how intelligent they occurred to Aduana's bench. With a goal down, a goal disallowed and a man down, Aduana could have seen a worst day if he had been duly reprimanded. 3 horrendous tackles in the second period of the game saw him get booked for the less dangerous of them.

5. Football Factory
One thing every football fan should be getting accustomed to is WAFA winning at home. Prior to the Special Competition,  the  club had lost just one of the 51 home games in the past four seasons and Liberty wasn't going to survive. Strangely enough, the Sogakope Football Factory keeps ushering in new talents. In the home win, only 4 players from the team used in 2018 got to see the new season. One thing is certain, they never run out of player quality stock.

6. Injuries and Poor Decisions 
For the countless time, Asante Kotoko parted ways with big name signings and unfortunately the curtain is drawn on all transfers. With no replacements, the club was hit with 3 first half injury setbacks which further decreases their arsenal. Considering the number of games to be played, can their nemesis haunt them this time round? 
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