After a long break from football due to COVID-19, The Ghana Premier League is finally back.
Eight games were played, with the game between Aduana Stars and Hearts of Oak, which was supposed to be the season opener postponed due to COVID-19 cases.
We take a look at how things unfolded in the 8 games played in gameweek 1.
LEGON CITIES 1-1 BECHEM CHELSEA
Legon Cities and Berekum Chelsea got the 2020/21 Premier league season underway. Berekum Chelsea scored the first goal of the season, Stephen Amankona grabbed the goal from spot in the 22nd minute. Legon Cities grabbed the equalizing goal in the 34th minute, Jonah Attuquaye scored for the Royals from the spot. The game saw little action in the second half, it ended 1-1. Elvis Opoku of Legon Cities was named man of the match.
WAFA 4-3 KING FAISAL
It rained goals in the game between WAFA and King Faisal at the Sogakope Park. WAFA took the lead in the 17th minute of the game through young center-back Konadu Yiadom. Kwame Peprah leveled the game for King Faisal in the 33rd minute. WAFA regained the lead just a minute after the recess, Godwin Agbevor scored on his debut. Two goals from Daniel Lomotey in the 60th and 68th minute made it 4-1 to WAFA. King Faisal scored 2 goals in the last 20 minutes of the game through Wadudu Yakubu and Kwame Peprah to give the game a nervy finish. WAFA held on to grab all 3 points. WAFA’s Amankwah Forson was named Nasco man of the match.
ASHANTIGOLD 2-2 KARELA UNITED
AshantiGold were held at home by a rejuvenated Karela side. The away side took a shocking lead in the 4th minute of the game through Diawisie Taylor. AshantiGold leveled matters in the 29th minute through Appiah McCarthy from a deflected freekick. Hans Kwoffie made it 2-1 for AshantiGold in the dying embers of the first half. AshantiGold goalkeeper Bailou Mohammed was called into action in the 55th minute by Sadiq Alhassan from a freekick at the edge of the box, before Samuel Ofori scored a minute later to make it 2-2. The game ended 2-2, Karela’s Umar Bashiru was named man of the match.
MEDEAMA 1-1 GREAT OLYMPICS
Great Olympics picked a valuable point in Tarkwa against Medeama. Ouattara Issouf scored in the 36th minute from a powerful header to give Medeama the lead. Michael Yeboah canceled the lead in the 73rd minute to earn Great Olympics a valuable point in Tarkwa. Medeama’s Ebenezer Ackahbi was named Nasco man of the match.
EBUSUA DWARFS 2-2 ELMINA SHARKS
The first derby of the season was between Ebusua Dwarfs and Elmina Sharks. Ebusua Dwarfs opened the scoring in the 20th minute through Denis Korsah from the spot. Sharks drew level in the 41st minute through Richard Mpong. Ishmael Hammond made it 2-1 for Elmina Sharks in the 54th minute. The game had a frenzy finish, goalkeeper Razak Issah scored from the freekick to make it 2-2 and earn Dwarfs a point at home against their bitterest rivals.
KOTOKO 1-1 ELEVEN WONDERS
Asante Kotoko were denied their first 3 points of the season by a stubborn Eleven Wonders side. The underdogs had the best chances in the first half, Abdul Mugese was denied by Felix Annan and a goal bound shot from Samuel Boakye was blocked on the line. Kotoko also had their chances, Augustine Okrah, Kwame Poku and substitute Evans Adomako were presented with those chances. The first goal of the game came in the 54th minute, Kwame Poku reacted quickly to a dead-ball situation, he picked a pass at the edge of the box, made some space for himself in the box and placed the ball in the bottom corner. Substitute Prince Okraku grabbed the equalizing goal for Eleven Wonders in the 75th minute, he controlled the ball nicely in the 18 yard box and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Both sides from then pushed men forward hoping to grab the winning goal but to no avail. The game ended 1-1, Eleven Wonders’ Ibrahim Salifu was adjudged man of the match.
LIBERTY VS BECHEM UNITED
Liberty Professionals welcomed Bechem United to Dansoman for a rescheduled fixture. The home side opened the scoring in the 14th minute through George Ansong. Bechem United were awarded a way back into the game from the spot in the 54th minute, Steven Owusu stepped up and calmly beat the goalkeeper. Both sides from the failed to get the winner, the game ended 1-1. Liberty Professionals George Ansong was adjudged man of the match.
INTER ALLIES VS DREAMS
The Premier league witnessed it first scoreless game of the season and 7th draw in the first gameweek when Inter Allies welcomed Dreams FC to the Accra Sports Stadium. The game saw numerous chances but it was surprising to see it end scoreless. Dreams FC’s Agyenim Boateng had the best chance in the first half, he failed to convert a good cross from Philemon Akoto. The second half saw fewer chances, Agyenim Boateng and Chauncy Freeman came the closest to scoring for either sides. Abdul Jalilu of Dreams was Adjudged man of the match.
Aduana Stars vs Hearts of Oak