Ghana Premier League team of the week

Published on: 10 November 2011

The leadership of the Glo Premier Leagu has yet again changed hands as Hearts Of Oak dramatically ended their unbeaten run with a narrow 0-1 loss to Ebusua Dwarfs with Asante Kotoko taking advantage of their rivals’ slump.

Bechem United however continue to make the headlines for all the bad reasons when they were yet again subjected to an avalanche defeat at Liberty Professionals.

There were some impressive  individual performances from the centers after the mid-week matches.

GHANAsoccernets’ SADDICK ADAMS picks his top performers for the team of the week.

FORMATION 4-3-3

Goalkeeper-ADADE FOLI               (Dwarfs) V Hearts

The former Ghana U-20 goalkeeper had to be at his best in the early exchanges against the Phobians. Three first-class saves in the first half made him a formidable obstacle and gave his side the confidence to push and win against a side who had conceded just a goal hitherto this fixture. Single handedly manned the homesters   defence after Black Stars center back Rashid Sumaila was sent off in the second half to keep Mahatma Otoo and Uriah Asante at bay.

Right-Back- YAW FRIMPONG              (Kotoko) V Mighty Jets

The high flying full back was the new league leaders' only livewire especially in the first half despite their 1-0 win. His usual surging runs weren’t lacking either as he pressed hard from the right flanks until they won on the stroke of full time. Curled in several in swingers but his attackers didn’t help matters most.

Left-Back- CLEVOR OWUSU                        (Mighty Jets) V Kotoko

The agile defender played his part in a solid performance at the Baba Yara stadium. He continually provided menacing raids down the left flank, resulting in gilt-edged chances for Taminu Muntari. It is a pity the striker was not equal to it and more disgustingly, they had to leave Kumasi without a point.

Center-back- AHMED ADAMS                    (Chelsea) V Tema Youth

Fast becoming the perfect replacement for the once trusted but departed Lee Addy. Adams was the bedrock of the Chelsea defence albeit against a lackluster Tema Youth side. Was not afraid to move forward as he became effective in both boxes. Organised his defence very well to make sure the blues foiled any attack from the newly promoted side.

Center back- EMMANUEL AKOUKO         (Aduana) V Lions

Still proving to be a top class defender for the fire boys. If Aduana are to shake up at the end of this season, it will largely depend on whether Akouko is ever-present. The bulky center back has been the main pillar in ensuring a near-perfect defence for his side and his performance against Lions who have been a boggy side of the Dormaah based club wasn’t an exception. No wonder he won the man of the match award.

 Midfield- SEIDU SALIFU                (All Stars) V Arsenal

Another masterful display of pure artistry by the young midfielder. The 19 year old has been the driving force behind much of the Upper West sides’ exploits at the Wa park. In just his first competitive top flight season, Salifou has consistently put up a sterling performance to ensure their smooth start to the season. His sublime through passes has been dangerous to deal with by any opposition and if he continues to play this way, then a midfielder is born.

Midfield -MICHAEL HELEGBE        (Liberty) V Bechem United

Makes my team of the week for the second time this season, which suggests the first time wasn’t a fluke. Once again he proved to be the talisman at the Sly Tetteh Park. Was the lubricant of the full Liberty machinery that cruised to a 5-0 victory over Bechem United. Capped his performance with a well deserved brace.

Midfield-JOHN ARTHUR                 (Dwarfs) V Hearts

Tenacious,willing and unselfish are the words you associate with Arthur’s performance against Hearts Of Oak. In a team full of midfielders, he gave his team-mates the freedom to express themselves. Did all the defensive work and normally pops up in the opposition box and was gifted in one of those situations as he unlocked the Hearts of Oak defence with a brilliant goal.

Attacker-LOUIS AGYEMAN            (Medeama) V Ashgold

The former Asante Kotoko striker pestered the miners defence all day and was rewarded for his efforts with a brace, one of them an expertly taken penalty kick. The ex Kaizer Chiefs man was a constant threat to the Ashgold defence as they found his pace very uncormfortable to handle. Fatau Dauda stood between him and a hatrick when his late powerful volley was parried over the bar by the experienced goalkeeper.

Attacker-EMMANUEL CLOTTEY     (Chelsea) V Tema Youth

The marksman is finally back to his best. Drove a host of powerful long range shots at the Youth goal, one of them left the guests goalkeeper Kofi Mensah unconscious for four minutes in his attempt to save it. His speed,power and thirst for goal never lacked as he scored  his third in two matches to push the blues upward.

Attacker- EMMANUEL BAFFOUR    (Edubiase) V Wassaman FC

Unarguably the man of the moment in the six week old league. Already has eight goals to his credit and has scored in all but one game. For the fourth week running,Baffour has made it into my team of the week. I have been looking for reasons to leave the flying attacker out but he’s in such a breathtaking form I can’t.His well worked brace against Wassaman FC is a clear testament of what we should expect from the man this season. If he is to maintain this current form for long, he can hit and cross the 20 goal mark. Well am afraid its early days yet but you can’t take anything away from the young buzzing attacker now.

 

SUBSTITUES

Sulama Abdulai (Kotoko),Alfred Arthur (Chelsea), Tijani Joshua (All Stars),Francis Coffie (Medeama),Taminu Muntari (Jets),Uriah Asante (Hearts).

Coach Of the Week-Professor Mintah (Dwarfs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  • B'modinho
    says: 8 years ago
    i'm so excited that we r now giving attention to our local players...kudos GSN.
  • dj
    says: 8 years ago
    nice results but berekum arsenal must have their own identity, how can they borrow a name and borrow jersey ahhhh. its disgusting, i wonder what plb is doing about this, teams need to be original
  • Agaga
    says: 8 years ago
    DJ, DOG THEM. THEY ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS WITH NO PAST, NO PRESENT AND NO FUTURE.
  • shawa
    says: 8 years ago
    Emmanuel baffour a.k.a rokoto is on fire........every team should watch out for this guy
  • Kin Pin
    says: 8 years ago
    Wow,am very very happy about this and whoever put this piece up.it will go a long way to encourage and give identity to our local guys. Thank you very much GSN in fact am excited reading it.
  • nana boadu
    says: 8 years ago
    that's good piece from GSN.keep it up, kudos, but i think Tawiah of Aduana stars should have been on the list in midfield he was very dangerous and a major threat to Lions at the left flank.
  • Pablo
    says: 8 years ago
    Good start GSN, i kow there will be improvements wit time
  • LOUIS ( kyiraa)
    says: 8 years ago
    GNS keep it up. sadick we are priod of you