I’m an Italian who loves football. It’s part of me and I follow it like a religion, and Ghana football is my temple. When I run out of subscription on StarTimes, I get sick, disorganized and restless.
I do everything possible to get my link back so I can watch the Ghana Premier League on the StarTimesOn App. And I’ve never regretted.
This weekend, I watched the clash between Accra Great Olympics and AshantiGold SC at the Accra Sports Stadium on my StarTimes On app and I must confess I really enjoyed it.
In my opinion, it was one of the most interesting matches seen so far in the Ghana Premier League.
These are 2 teams that have always played, all 90 minutes to win. They love playing to win, they play to defend and play under every condition.
The first half was more in the hands of the guests, AshantiGold who started strongly immediately and who even after the advantage of the Great Olympics continued to grind the game, rewarded by a goal on an excellent action in the final stages of the first half.
The second half, which immediately after Yaw Annor’s flash goal, saw the white and blue seek a draw at all costs, which in my opinion they probably also deserved.
Great Olympics have shown great resilience this season but AshGold is a team to watch.
After missing all their top players including Shafiwu Mumuni, Eric Donkor, James Akaminko, Latif Anabilah and a few others, the Miners have demonstrated names alone do not play football and that their new manager is a master of the game.
Notwithstanding, Annor Walker of Great Olympics deserves commendations for his superlative role in transforming Great Olympics into a side that reminisces the real Dade Boys, Oly Mashe, Ole Gbogbo …
After the game, below is how I rated the key players of both sides out of 10 based on their contribution for their respective teams:
Michael Otou 6.5
He started a bit shy, struggled to control the attacks and the fast movements of the Ashanti midfielders, but in the second half he did a great job of covering and also setting up the game.
Michael Yeboah 6.5
He continued to make life difficult for the AshantiGold defenders first on the right wing then in the second half passes to the left. He is a talented player, his only flaw is that sometimes he is not very concrete with the final decision.
A true leader and a driver of the team, not only with the goals, but also with the way he plays on the pitch. He does a great job of linking midfield and attack, with the ball at his feet he always knows what to do, and never misses anything. He is fantastic on the goal, without looking kicks and already knows where to put the ball.
Nii Sackey and Ashie Quaye 6. 5
Excellent second half of the 2 external players. In the final part of the match they pushed a lot on the right wing with overlaps, fast passes, aggression. Unfortunately for them it didn’t help to collect points.
Da Costa 5
He comes from an injury, and plays only 60 ‘. Cirkovic understood that he was in a bit of trouble against Yeboah and preferred taken him off the pitch. Still not in optimal physical condition. He also gets a yellow card.
He too, like others on his teammates, plays well in the first, while in the second half he drops in tone. He just blocks the attacks of the hosts. More is expected of him.
Hans Kwofie 5.5
He is not a failure, he is a striker that I like very much, but for this very reason he could have done more against Olympics. In the first half he missed the winning leg on a cross from the right. Some good moves but he has to do more.
Yaw Annor 7
As soon as he enters the field he scores a great goal very similar in execution to that of Awako in the 1st half. When he has the ball with his speed and technique he is always a big threat to defenders. He always creates something interesting. He was certainly on a higher level than the other players on the pitch.
By: Nicola D’Ambrosio
Italian Freelance Sports Reporter and Follower of African Football.