Good afternoon and welcome to the maiden coverage of the Ghana Football Association Special Competition for all 16 top flight clubs. From Accra to Cape Coast or Sogakope to Obuasi, here is a minute by minute update of proceedings across the various league centres in Ghana.
With the last domestic topflight fixture dating back some 298 days ago, fans across the nation have been given the chance to storm the various league centres in the next one hour. Here is a recap of the various fixtures for match day one.
Accra Hearts of Oak SC versus Dreams
Ashgold SC versus Techiman Eleven Wonders FC
Ebusua Dwarfs Versus Karela United FC
Inter Allies FC versus Elmina Sharks
WAFA SC Versus Liberty Professionals
The Phobians are expected to get the day’s packed program going with a dream clash at the Accra Sports stadium against Dreams FC. Match day news, injuries, and team sheets almost ready.
At the Sogakope Red Bulls Arena, WAFA SC handed starting berths Sabi Acquah and Andrews Ntim in a youthful looking team seen below.
Sabi Acquah (GK)-Abukari Ibrahim (c), Atte, Bortey Acquaye, Ahiabu, Amate, Fofana, Terry Yegbe, Kingsford Opoku, Daniel Owusu, Andrews Ntim.
WAFA SC for the liberty clash: Mohammed Ahmed, Konadu Yiadom, Karim Samed Abdul, Gideon Akunor, Forson Amankwah, Mubarak Alhassan, Kelvin Boakye Yiadom.
Asante Kotoko SC will be without mercurial centre forward Sougne Yacouba whose brace won the game for the Porcupine Warriors in their last meeting with Aduana Stars in a 2-1 win. Bright Adjei, the scorer for the Fire Boys is expected to keep his place in the tea.
In the camp of Dreams FC, coach Juha Pasoja has no major injury worries with Razak Cromwell, Eric Gawu, Masahudu Abdallah, Patrick Arthur and Kwadwo Asamoah set to pick their spots in the starting XI. official announcement to be made soon.
In other news, Asante Kotoko SC head coach, CK Akunnor, handed starting spot to Shafiu Fatawu and Teguy in an attacking trio.
Kotoko XI: Annan, Sefah, Mohammed, Ganiu, Adams, Basiru, Bonsu, Gyamfi, Antwi, Shafiu and Teguy. Subs: Danladi, BAdu, Owusu, Acquah, Boahene, Mohammed, Nyarko
Aduana Stars Xi: Addo, Adams, Anane, Hafiz, Fatawu, Amankwaa, Opoku, Amartey, Bioh, Oka Ikama, Yahaya
Subs: Ahmed, Sadiq, Aidoo, Asante, Djatta Kouame, Akuoko, Obeng and Kyeremeh.
We are just one hour away from kick off and here comes the team sheet for Dreams FC away to Hearts of Oak SC.
Amoako, Addai, James, Kamahene, Ibrahim, Micheal, Gawu, Asamoah, Arthur, Issah, Kingsley.
Hearts of Oak XI: Ayi, Fatawu, Malik, Denkyi, Esso, Junior, Sowah, Ahassan, Aminu, Christopher, Kofi
Subs: Ernest, Benjamin, Daniel, Quayson, Afutu, Sarpong, Manaf
STAT PACK: Accra Hearts of Oak SC have never lost a league fixture to Dreams FC. Won 2 and drew 1 of the 3 meetings in history.
From Abena Agyeiwaa and ST Memorial Cup winners to first competitive matches in almost 300 days, can Accra Hearts of Oak clinch their first league crown in 10 years.
Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs will be hoping to heap some mystery on their opposition when they take to the pitch later this afternoon. Their team is sheet is seen below:
Karela United XI: Mensah, Kwain, Patrick, Dacosta, Yeboah Agyemang, Mintah, Osei, Keyekeh, Taylor, Sarfo Aguero, Osei Baffuor. Subs: Thormas, Enock, Nyamekye, Alex, Darligton, Mohammed, Charles.
Sharks XI: Attah, Addinton, Crentsil, Addo, Tweneboah, Mpong, Arthur, Issaka, Adjie, Arthur. Subs: Essam, Boateng, Sogbadzi, Amonoo, Owusu, Donkor, Hammond.
Dwarfs XI: Issah, Martey, Korsah, Addai, Naba, Mustapha, Ampretwum, Lukman, Bentum, Mohammed.
Inter Allies XI: Aryee, Addi, Otutey, Abanga, Fusenin, Otou, Kpeglo, Amarh, Hamzah, Amanfo, Aso. Subs: Saed, Kuzuma, Waris, Okyere, Effiong, Abugu, Armarh.
20 minutes away from kick off but attendance has been very poor across some designated match venues. Hopefully fans will turn up to fill these venues.
Kick off at the Baba Yara Stadium with Asante Kotoko dressed in an all red attire whiles the Ogya Boys stormed the pitch in all green attire.
Collective team move from the Porcupine Warriors allow Abass Mohammed in and teh defender hammered home a pile driver underneath Joseph Aidoo. Breathtaking goal
Felix Annan to the rescue of Asante Kotoko after Abass Mohammed’s back pass was intercepted by Yahaya Mohamed, forcing Felix into a one on one clash with the Aduana Stars center forward.
Yellow card to Yahaya Mohammed for an obstruction on Felix Annan inside the 18 yard box. First player to pick a caution in the league.
Aduana Stars FC gradually growing into the game after a slow start to the opening clash.
Sexy and orgasmic football from Asante Kotoko SC with Kwame Bonsu showing why he earned a place in the Black Stars. Uba Ikama, the congolese import for Aduana Stars is showing why the Fire boys paid that much for him.
11 minutes: Asante Kotoko 1-0 Aduana Stars FC. Abass Mohammed is the goal scorer for the Reds.
12 minutes: Stephen Nyarko replaces Dany Teguy
Elsewhere in Cape Coast, Karela United FC are a goal up away to Ebusua Dwarfs. Osei Baffuor
In Obuasi, Ashgold are up by a goal thanks to Shafiu Mumuni.
Updates so far:
Asante Kotoko 1-0 Aduana Stars , Ashgold SC 1-0 Techiman XI Wonders, Ebusua Dwarfs 0-1 Karela United FC
Ferocious free kick from Yaya Mohammed almost injured Bonsu in the human wall. The Asante Kotoko enforcer is back on his feet and running.
In Obuasi, Ashgold SC have taken a 2-0 lead at home to Techiman XI Wonders FC. Salia Outtara becomes the first import to score in the GFA SC
Justice Amate Aron puts WAFA SC 1-0 up at home to Liberty Professionals.
31 minutes :
Asante Kotoko SC 1-0 Aduana Stars
WAFA SC 1-0 Liberty Professionals
Ebusua Dwarfs 0-1 Karela United
Ashgold 2-0 Eleven Wonders FC
Aduana Stars FC had a clear goal ruled offside. Ismail Ganiu was the last man on the goal line before Yahaya Mohammed poked home from close range. CLEAR GOAL RULED OUT.
Prince Acquah replaces Kwame Bonsu with 10 minutes to recess. Asante Kotoko SC have now made two substitution before the first half comes to a halt.
In Cape Coast, Diawuse Taylor made it 2-0 for Karela United away to Ebusua Dwarfs. Passion at its best!
Hazardous drive from Yaya Mohamed almost send the stadium in football ‘dumsor’ with Felix Annan calling for devine support to keep that out. THAT CLOSE FOR THE FIRE BOYS. 2 Minutes of added time at the Baba Yara stadium.
Half time updates:
Asante Kotoko 1-0 Aduana Stars
Ashgold SC 2-0 Techiman XI Wonders FC
Ebusua Dwarfs 0-2 Karela United
Hearts of Oak SC 0-0 Dreams FC
WAFA SC 1-0 Liberty Professionals
Inter Allies FC 0-0 ELmina Sharks
Welcome back for the second department of teh game across the variuos match venues
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu replaces Adams Wahab as CK Akunor is forced to make three substitution at the start of recess.
Side post to the rescue of Aduana Stars as Augustine Sefah’s ferocious drive just missed the goa, by inches.
Abdul Fatawu’s neat cut back for Emmanuel Gyamfi adjudged off side by the referee for the day.
Kwadwo Obeng Junior with a goal for Hearts at home to Dreams FC. Kim Grant’s men granted their wish in home soil.
At the Tema PArk, Inter Allies are still been held at home by Elmina Sharks. Nsungusi Effiong Junior replaces Ivan Kpeglo.
Obeng Kyereme Junior replaces former Wa All Stars skipper Hafiz Adams for Aduana Stars FC.
WAFA SC make it 2-0 at home to Liberty Professionals. Kingsford Opoku with his opener for the Academy Boys.
Aduana Stars reduced to 10 men after Noah Martey was sent off for the visitors.
WAFA SC extend their lead with a third goal on the day. It is now WAFA SC 3-0 Liberty Professionals FC.
Dramani pulled one back for Ebusua Dwarfs at home to Karela United FC. 1-2 with 15 minutes to play.
Full time in Kumasi, Asante Kotoko SC 1-0 Aduana Stars
Full time in Tema, Inter Allies 0-0 Elmina Sharks
Full time In Accra, Hearts of Oak SC 1-0 Dreams FC
Full Time In Cape Coast, Ebusua Dwarfs 1-2 Karela United FC
Full Time In Sogakope, WAFA SC 3-1 Liberty Professionals
Full time in Obuasi, Ashgold SC 2-0 Techiman XI Wonders