Umpteen football lovers attribute a single victory by an underdog as a fluke. However, it’s debatable when it comes to achieving unremitting sequence of positive results in a season long-run to win a league title.
The underdogs are always not appraised when it comes to making the lists of blue-eyed boy clubs to win a league title.
But it’s not always the same story, few trivialised clubs have gone all the way to win league titles to change that perspective; like Leicester city winning the premier league in 2015 – Lille OSC also conquering the French ligue 1 title in 2011 – and Montpelier football club that were victorious in ligue 1 also in 2012, that was humongous and far-fetched.
But another mind-boggling and ginormous league triumph lies with FC Kaiserslautern, full of the joys of springs, Kaiserslautern won the German bundesliga in 1998 right after gaining boosterism from the bundesliga 2, not petrified by thier opponents their itinerary was fruitful.
One football club that lit it out of the park just like Kaiserslautern were Aduana Stars, a football club based at Dormaa Ahenkro, a native town in Ghana. The club, founded in 1985 was making it’s first Ghana Premier Premier League(GPL) strive in the 2009/2010 season of the competition after making it palmy from Ghana’s division one league. Aduana, unlike many underdog clubs were not into the pundits books of pets to lift the GPL trophy.
The slants of the aficionados was never an oddity to the game, relating it to the bulk large forces; Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Kumasi Asante Kotoko. The two time-honoured clubs that have shared among themselves the last 14 GPL tittle.
The rostrum was however stow for the GPL 2009/2010 season to kick start on October 18, 2009 scheduled to last over a period of eight months.
Mustering a very young at heart squad, the coach of the side, Herbert Addo convened a very resilient hardworking and reliable players. He made sure he had good reflexes, decisive and agile shot-stopper in Stephen Adams, shielding him with a defensive back line of Godfred ‘Maicon’ Saka, Emmanuel Akuoku, Gabriel Opoku Ware and the husky well-fed Johnson Adomah.
With an obstruct midfield trio of hushed Seth Opare, Samuel Asiedu and Wahab Adams. And the attacking spearhead of Nurudeen Ali, Kofi Nti Boakye and Francis Aduhene, Aduana were ready for the slam dunk.
Their locum-tenens of Emmanuel Ansong, George Ampofo, Richard Addae, Emmanuel Allan and Francis Larbi were also a true reflection of the first team.
Herbert Addo’s experience on the local front was very positive having won the league with Hearts of Oak in 2002. He was one of the best coaches, before the Aduana job he had brilliant career with Kotoko and Ashgold, a team he guided to their maiden CAF Champions league final, losing out to Raja Casablanca of Morocco on Penalties.
Aduana Stars epithet as ‘Ogya’ in the native Ghanaian language, literally meaning fire were poisoned for action with the GPL match day one creeps up on.
Aduana’s first ever GPL game was never a loss, neither did they bagged the maximum 3 points at stake. It was a game they played away from home sharing points with Berekum Arsenal, with the ‘ogya boys’ scoring their first GPL goal through Nurudeen Ali, who headed home a cross from the left flank on 13th minute, in a game that ended 1-1.
The boys were really wet behind the ears, causing them to draw in the second game and a defeat on match day 3 at the hands of Real Tamale United (RTU).
The rout to RTU, triggered the club’s first GPL win at home, edging past hearts of lions by a lone goal at the Nana Agyemang Badu stadium through a goal scored on the 68th minute by Richard Addae.
The turf that inculcated a smooth run of Aduana slicing thier opponents week in – week out. Herbert Addo and his striplings will pick up a further draw on matchday 5 before staggering giants, hearts of oak with a one nil victory at Dormaa with a 70th minute goal from a spot kick by Emmanuel Allan was enough to secure the 3 points.
The fire boys were riding high at home and no club could peter them out. Their turf was fortified, the stadium was a fortress to their foes, everyone gets slaughtered by their panache at Dormaa.
Their home ground was not willing to taste a defeat from any power house, although they were skunk by Kotoko and another two pwn that came in the first round of matches. Those defeats all came away from home.
By the end of the first round, the fire club had shown their cards, readiness and the willingness to pull out all the stops. The club was loaded for bear after the first round of matches sitting at the second position of the league table only to Obuasi based club Ashgold.
A club they edged passed by a one goal on matchday 15.
Aduana stars shared the maximum 6 points up for grabs with Ghana giants hearts of oak and Asante Kotoko.
The club was now very stiff-necked to opponents and they were fearsome. Herbert Addo and his boys were playing with passion, dedication and zeal. They gelled very well together-the hunger and curiosity was a driven motivation to them and the coach made sure the club was ran on a tight ship.
The players never lost momentum or lacked energy, instead they progressed from good to better and their best was achieved. Their journey in the GPL was ruthless and they left their opponents toothless.
The club was very obstinate and will never give up on the challenge and the opportunity. Defeats never tamed them but rather motivated them to aspire high. The fans filled the Nana Agyemang Badu stadium with club chants that frustrated opponents and left them with no focus.
Goals margin never mattered to them, so long as it earned the 3 points and put them in a good position. Their defence was very vigorous as they conceded less while riding on their one goal project throughout the season.
Before the final game day, the ‘ogya’ club were still second on the league log to Ashgold, who were sitting pretty to win the GPL.
Aduana stars defeated Berekum Arsenal by one goal to nothing on the final match day at home to clinch to the top spot and become the eventual winners of the league in an hysterical manner.
Ashgold’s defeat to Berekum Chelsea made it certain that they were pipped to the post by Aduana stars, who were waiting patiently in the wings.
In a league of 16 clubs that generate 30 matches, Aduana won 15 matches, drew 8 and lost 7 beating Ashgold to the title by the head to head margin adopted by the Ghana premier league board after both clubs garnering 53 points from the 30 matches that were played.
They came into the league to be written off but ended up writing a history worth emulating. They won the league at the expense of Hearts of oak and Asante Kotoko.
On the back of though sledding, Aduana became the only newly promoted club in the history of Ghana football to win the GPL and the lowest goal scoring side with thier one goal project. Setting a world record for least productive champions with 19 goals in 30 matches. With an average of 0.6333 goals per match, they broke the all-time record set by Trabzonspor. The Turkish Süper Lig side became champions in 1979–80 with 25 goals in 30 matches (average of 0.8333).
They were not Leicester City nor Lille OSC, they were Aduana Football Club from Ghana, cementing their name in world football as one of the ginormous and mind-boggling coup in football.
By: MUDASIRU ABDUL YAKEEN