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20 Jan

4 Things We Learned Last Weekend in the Ghanaian Premier League

The Ghanaian heavyweights flexed their muscles as Hearts of Oak, Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko secured big wins on match day 5. 
 
 
King Faisal FC secured their first away point of the season with Ashanti Gold SC and Medeama SC tasting their first defeat of the campaign.
 
Here, kickgh takes a look at four things we learned from the five-week old league.
 
Matthew Cudjoe-Anim hype intensifies
Matthew Cudjoe is ready for the big stage - Maxwell Konadu
 
The budding teenager came off the bench to score the opener for the Porcupine Warriors in a keenly contested.
 
With that game ending to draw, the prodigy pounced on a loose ball to register his competitive goal for the Kumasi club and the club’s first of two goals scored on Sunday.
 
The 16-year–old is already being chased by Europe’s top clubs and added a few more thousands to his asking price with his consistent swashbuckling displays for Asante Kotoko.
 
Should he continue to churn out such performances, the potential for a big-money move as soon as June took another step closer on Sunday.
 
Chelsea kills another giant
MATCH REPORT: Ashanti Gold 0-1 Berekum Chelsea — Chelsea shock Miners in Obuasi
 
If you were one of those who thought the Berekum lads triumph over Hearts and Kotoko was just a fluke, then you need to rethink.
 
Asare Bediako’s boys are in a fantastic form and obviously the team to beat in the league. They trekked all the way to Obuasi to hand Ashanti Gold their first defeat of the season courtesy Kofi Owusu.
 
The Blues now leads the log with 13 points followed closely by Aduana Stars with 12.
 
Emmanuel Nettey runs Heartsmidfield during win over Liberty Professionals
 
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As Liberty Professionals slumped to their first league defeat to Hearts of Oak, there was one man who stood out in an entertaining fixture at the Karl Reindorf Park.
 
Emmanuel Nettey was superb for the visitors during their 2-1 win. The volante has been praised already for his efforts after his superb debut against WAFA on Wednesday, and he was top class against the Scientific Soccer Lads.
 
Showing real tactical awareness off the ball, and outstanding distribution whilst on it, Nettey’s display would have left Edward Odoom buzzing. It was his willingness to press and clever reading of the play that saw the Phobians winning the midfield battle.
 
It was unsurprising to many when he won the MVP. The Phobians will need Emmanuel Nettey to play at this level every week to keep their hopes of winning the title alive.
 
Danlad Ibrahim still unbeaten
Ibrahim Danlad sets new record in GPL as youngest goalkeeper with most clean sheets
 
Going into the weekend’s round of matches, three goalkeepers; Ferdinand Sabi (WAFA), Frank Boateng (Ashanti Gold) and Danlad Ibrahim (Berekum Chelsea) were the only goalkeepers who were yet to concede a goal in the matches played.
 
After the games, Danlad was the only one standing with Sabi and Boateng conceding goals from Inter Allies and Berekum Chelsea respectively.
 
What a campaign the young goal custodian is having with his new club after being released on loan by Asante Kotoko.
 
He was in post when Berekum Chelsea picked valuable away points in Accra, Kumasi and Obuasi. Soldier on boy!
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