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30 Dec

BUDU’S CORNER: Five Things We Learned In Matchday One of the Ghana Premier League

The Ghanaian Premier League made its return on Sunday and brought with it a flurry of goals to re-establish its reputation as the cream of the crop when it comes to club football in the West Africa.

A total of 25 goals were scored across the match centres with big wins for Aduana Stars, Dreams FC, Ashgold SC and Medeama SC with only one drawn game. Berekum Chelsea, WAFA and Medeama SC picked maximum points on the road.
 
Here, Kickgh looks at five things we learned from Matchday one of the Ghanaian Premier League.
 
Yahaya Mohammed is finally showing his worth
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Yahaya struck thrice against Inter Allies to gift his side the much needed points. The burly striker had played wonderful games in the previous season too. However, he was never consistent.
 
He was at this imperious best on Sunday. He was stoic and rock steady as he overcame several tackles from the Inter Allies Players.
 
Yahaya Mohammed scored a perfect hatrick...scored with his head, left foot and right foot and finally assisted Justice Anane’s goal to crown a good day in the office.
 
Justice Blay is Asante Kotoko's most important player
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Maxwell Konadu’s men huffed and puffed on their way to a Sunday afternoon victory over Techiman Eleven Wonders, but they were far from their best and had Justice Blay to thank for scoring that all important goal to give the hosts all the points at stake.
 
He dictated Kotoko’s tempo from the centre of the park and was incredibly comfortable in possession and quick to snap into tackles. Lest I forget, his goal for Kotoko on Sunday was the first goal to be recorded in the 2019/2020 season.
 
Hearts are a work in progress
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It will take some time for Kim Grant’s new methods to bear fruit at Hearts, and they could have hardly asked for a tougher opening day assignment.
 
They visibly attempted to play out from the back but that seemed to cause panic in their defenders and goalkeeper Richmond Ayi. Alarm bells certainly shouldn’t be ringing yet, as they lost to bogey side Berekum Chelsea.
 
After all, but patience from supporters will be required as Grant attempts to impose his style, tactics and system on the Hearts players. Their next game is against Medeama SC, so they’ll need to improve fast.
 
King Faisal in deep trouble after Dreams drubbing
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This was always going to be a difficult fixture for the Insha Allah boys.
 
The wave of negativity going into the season was significant even by their standards, but after a pummeling 4-1 defeat at the hands of Dreams FC on Sunday, they already look adrift in the bottom three and bereft of ideas.
 
From the front to the back, they were dire and even some of their more reliable players like Mujeeb Abdul Hakeem were at fault and making glaring errors. Anthony Commey cut a forlorn figure on the touchline for most of a miserable afternoon for the Kumasi lads. There is still time to turn things around of course, but on this evidence, King Faisal look dead cert for the trapdoor.
 
Ashgold are a good team
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The nature of their attack against Olympics was nervy. However, Ashgold showed just how lethal their attack is as they picked apart Olympics’ back four. 
 
Even with Appiah McCarthy a surprise absentee, Ashgold’s midfield had enough to get the better of Olympics. They dominated possession and asked the right questions in attack. At the half, Ashgold had more than 70 percent of the ball and more than 60 percent by the end.
 
It was a battle to break the away side down, and Anabila and Akaminko worked well to give the attackers a platform. In defence, Mubarak Yusif proved why he is one of the best in his position domestically
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