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FEATURE: Accra Great Olympics title ambition turns into a mirage

A number of clubs were tipped to win the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League judging from their pre-season engagements and performances. Medeama SC, Asante Kotoko, a little of Hearts of Oak but mainly Great Olympics were named as clubs to claim this season’s league title. Seeing Great Olympics’ performance against Liberty Professionals in a pre-season friendly at the Carl Reindorf Park sent football pundits already tipping the “Dade Boys” for the title. The likes of captain, Gladson Awako, Michel Otou, Philip Sackey and bulky striker Mannan Mudasiru, just to mention a few painted a quality picture about the two time Ghana Premier League winners prior to the start of the season. Great Olympics produced great results in their pre-season both away and at their training grounds, the LA McDan Park in Teshie.

It is not surprising that head coach of the side, Annor Walker has shaped the club into not just title contenders but a force to be reckoned with in this season’s league. Great Olympics had suffered countless relegations following misunderstandings among the club’s shareholders and the top hierarchy. However, Coach Annor Walker has brought a renaissance to the club since his appointment. The club’s top hierarchy have now mended their misunderstanding and have got things rolling for the club.

Accra Great Olympics started the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League on a very good note having raked some good results. The Dade Boys picked 10 points from their first five matches in the first round. Their first game was a 1-1 draw against Medeama at the Tarkwa Akoon Park. Olympics doubled their effort in their second game where they beat Legon Cities FC 3-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium. They however suffered a set back against Liberty Professionals 2-0 at the Carl Reindorf Park in match day three. A quick reorganization saw Great Olympics record two straight wins in weeks four and five. They beat Asante Kotoko 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium when the Porcupine Warriors adopted Accra as their home ground. Olympics stunned WAFA 1-0 in Accra in match day five to cap their 10 points mark in their first five games of the season.

Great Olympics however went to sleep momentarily when they picked just one point from their three subsequent games after a good outing in their first five matches. They were held 1-1 by Ebusua Dwarfs at the Accra Sports Stadium before losing two straight games. They fell 2-1 to Aduana Stars at the Agyemang Badu Park before suffering a 2-1 loss at the Accra Sports Stadium to AshantiGold. They were dealt a big blow when head coach, Annor Walker was taken ill but Walker’s replacement, Yaw Preko did not perform badly when he took charge of the club. Under Yaw Preko, the club managed to claim some good points with the biggest victory coming in a 2-0 win over city rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Great Olympics have however been blowing hot and cold in recent games, churning out mixed results to the anger of their fans. A club which was tipped to win the league has raked in just five points from their last five matches. They played a 1-1 draw with Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium before losing to King Faisal 1-0 at the Ohene Ameyaw Park. They returned to Accra to beat Bechem United 1-0 before a 1-1 draw to Elmina Sharks at the Nduom Stadium. Olympics shockingly suffered a 1-0 loss to league strugglers, Eleven Wonders in match day 32 at the Accra Sports Stadium with many fans describing the game as fixed.

Accra Great Olympics, which was tipped to win the league title now occupy the 5th spot with 49 points from 32 games. They are a point behind WAFA and two less than Medeama. They are eight points behind Kotoko and 11 less than Hearts of Oak. So the league title is something Great Olympics cannot dream of now with two matches to end the season. Even if they win all two matches and Hearts and Kotoko lose their last two, Olympics cannot win the league title. Great Olympics must then re-strategize and come back next season. Their league title ambitions have certainly become a mirage.

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