The first round of matches in the ongoing NC Special Competition produced some exhilarating football across the designated match venues spiced with mouthwatering goals. The zonal championship saw players from the various part of the country paying their dues for different clubs after a near 10 month wait. From Ismail Abdul Ganiu through to Robert Dabuo, players from the upper west region paid their dues in the glittering first round of matches in the NC Special competition. Below is the team of the first round for players from the upper west region:
Goal Keeper: Robert Dabuo, Ashgold SC
He is a national asset, regional legend and an icon of Wa All Stars FC thanks to his pioneer role in the formation of the Northern Blues. Robert Dabuo kept 3 clean sheets for Ashgold SC in his impressive spell between the sticks for the Aboakese lads. He remains one of the most trusted pair of hands on the local scene and has been on top of his game for the past decade.
Right Back: Hafiz Adams, Aduana FC
He comes in with energy and commitment and remains one of the few players from the region to have won the topflight. He is the second captain from northern Ghana to lead a club to the domestic topflight after Ahmed Adams. Hafiz Adams has featured in all seven matches for Aduana Stars and has found his blistering form down the wings.
Left Back: Ahmed Satar, Vision FC
The versatile midfielder has since been converted into a left back since joining Vision FC. His ambidextrous nature, suffixed by his ability to read the game, makes him an obvious choice for the number 3 position. From Windy Academy to Vision FC, the Limanyiri-born enforcer certainly blossomed in his chosen career.
Center Back: Ismail Abdul Ganiu, Asante Kotoko SC
He needs no further description and has featured in every single minute for CK Akunnor’s side in the first round of the NC Special competition. The former Wa Anokye Stars, Wa All Stars and Karela United center back earned his place at the heart of the defense with some solid defensive display in the first half of the season.
Center Half: Emmanuel Kuzuma, Inter Allies FC
Lanky, solid, versatile and robust. Emmanuel Kuzuma soured his way into the mainstream set up of Inter Allies and has since been a top notch in the opening half of the competition. His imposing nature made him one of the kingpins of the Capelli Boys.
Defensive Midfielder: Kanyiri Samad Alonso, Wa Suntaa SC
He was harshly sent off in match day 2 of the competition only for the combative midfielder to come back flying at the center of the pitch. Like his senior brother, Kanyiri Gargo then with Wa All Stars, Alonso has been blessed with renewable energy and textbook passing skill only seen in a fictitious world. He remains the heart beat of the Suntaa midfield.
Right Wing : Alipio Raynous, Wa Suntaa SC.
The social media handlers of Wa Suntaa SC have built a template post and it reads, “Goal Update: Wa Suntaa SC with a goal and guest what? Rayniuos Alipio at his best”. The versatile attacker has been converted into an auxiliary striker from the wings due to the shortage of numbers in their midfield. The former Wa Anokye Stars midfielder is about the best player in his team and Steadfast and Techiman City must be nominated for PUSKAS goal of the year award.
Central Midfielder: Iddrisu Wahidu Essien, Techiman Eleven Wonders
An injury at the start of the competition cost Wahidu a player in the team but his monstrous debut against Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC summed up the class of the Tagra-yiri born star. Noted for that magic turn and defense splitting passing, Wahidu needed no adjectival description to those who know him.
Attacker: Aziz Dogo Owen, Wa Suntaa SC.
A brief spell with Kurt Okraku’s believers saw the giraffe-walking attacking kissing the back of the net on three different occasions. He stands at 6.5ft and terrorizes defenders in a nightmare 90 minutes. Owen scored against Tamale City, Techiman City and Real Tamale United FC. His hunger for goals has been compared to a an experienced politician seeking for power-very committed.
Supporting Striker: Yagr Francis, Wa Suntaa SC
When you lose 1 match in 7 games and embark on a 6 game unbeaten run, then you must have a special player in your team. In the case of Wa Suntaa SC, they have a monster called Yagr Francis. The left footed prodigy is on a mission to retire players with mesmeric foot wood, earning himself the Messi of his ‘village’-Hamile.
Left Wing: Fuseini Ganiu 3, Techiman Eleven Wonders
He was born as Fuseni Ganiu but he opted number three from infancy and it has blossomed. The former Wa Rockets and Bolga All Stars wide man is enjoying his best football at the Nkoranza Children under the leadership of Enos Adipah Kwame. A stunning goal for the Sure Boys capped his explosive campaign in the novelty championship.
Head coach: Abdul Aziz Kandumah John, Wa Suntaa SC
From Sankana in the upper west region, the professionally trained has changed the face of management at the lower level. The fast emerging managerial brain unleashed a 19-game unbeaten run to seal second tier football for Wa Suntaa SC and has lost only 1 home match since 2016, a 0-1 reverse in match day two of the 2018 season. In the ongoing NC Special competition, Kandumah John has lost 1 of his 6 matches on the dugout and kept a 270 continuous clean sheet before his 2-1 defeat at the hands of Gbewaa FC in Tamale. His team has 12 points and he stood on the dugout for 11 of them.
Substitutes: Ibrahim Sadat Zumah(Suntaa SC), Issah Siddick Leftee (Suntaa), Tijani Joshua(Ashgold SC), Issahaku Hakeem (Suntaa SC).