The 2021/22 Ghana Premier League will soon light up the various venues across the countries with all the 28-clubs now knowing their opponents. The Ghana Football Association yesterday released the fixtures for next season with defending champions and treble winners, Hearts of Oak also knowing their opponent. Weekend football has become like the menu for football fans and followers of the game both online and at the stadia cannot wait for the season to start on October 29. It will be a great delight to watch the new stars, youngsters that will emerge from the clubs as well as the existing players.
The 2020/21 Ghana Premier League sold out a lot of excitement, a lot of goals, a lot of assists and skills from quality domestic players and foreigners at large. We cannot skip talking about the several revelations of the league seasons with some players showing the real stuff they are made off. Some players that became the eye of the fans and football connoisseurs include Hearts of Oak’s Salifu Ibrahim and Accra Great Olympics Gladson Awako who both raked home several best player awards on match days. Their performance to led national team call ups which is a feather in their tea cup. One crack goal that finished the season was that of James Bissue. In the end, it was a fine ending to the season with all the excitement.
Before the start of the season, several calculations and analysis were made about which clubs stood the chance of winning the league title. Clubs that much mention by football pundits are Great Olympics, Asante Kotoko, Medeama, Aduana Stars, AshantiGold, Karela United with Accra Hearts of Oak not having much representation in the lineup. The pundits could be right from with their points because judging from the depth of the squads of these clubs, indeed they looked solid more than Hearts of Oak especially Great Olympics, Medeama and Asante Kotoko. So it was always fair to rate these clubs above Accra Hearts of Oak. Hearts of Oak were also struggling to find a new coach to run the club’s technical team. It was Edward Nii Odoom who was in interim charge before the club brought in Serbian trainer, Costa Papic. Sadly for the Phobians, he left halfway through the season with Nii Noi taking charge and interestingly winning a number of games in the process.
Hearts of Oak however brought on board former Medeama coach, Samuel Boadu. Samuel Boadu was able to quickly turn things around as far as the playing body was concerned. Samuel Boadu’s transformation of the club led to them going 13 games without a defeat. The only club that halted their search for their 14th league victory was West Africa Football Academy in a 1-0 defeat at the Sogakope Park.
The refreshing news is that, the Ghana Football Association has released the fixtures of the 2021/22 league season and the defending champions Hearts of Oak will open their season against Legon Cities FC at home at the Accra Sports Stadium. Will this be an easy task for the Phobians who won the league last season with 61 points? Legon Cities FC struggled in the large part of last season but managed to escape relegation. They finished last season on the 11th spot with 42 points. It might look like a mismatch on paper but Legon Cities cannot be underestimated.
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