The 2018 Ghana Premier League kicked started this weekend after some months of long disputes at the court of law. Accra Great Olympics who refused to accept their relegation status from the elite division decided to seek board room points to remain in the league
There were mixed results from the various league centers across the country.
On Saturday Tema based club, Inter Allies got off with a massive start as they brushed aside Bechem United 3-0 at the Tema Stadium. This marked the triumphatic return of former Hearts of Oak coach Kenechi Yashuhashi back to the Ghana Premier League.
In what could be described as baptism of fire for the trio, none of new entrants was able to register what would have been a dream start to the campaign.
Premier League returnees, Dreams FC left it very late before scoring to beat Elmina Sharks 1:0 at Dawu.
One of the games of the week was in Techiman, which was welcoming back Premier League football to the city following the relegation of Techiman City two seasons ago.
The expectations of the home crowd was unfortunately not met when Accra Hearts of Oak silenced them with an early goal. Winful Cobbina gave Hearts of the lead by a converting a 8th minute penalty.
The Premier League debutants, after conceding the early goal battled the Phobians in a bid not to disappoint their expectant home fans but they ended the first half still trailing Hearts by the lone goal.
Back from the recess, Eleven Wonders’ efforts paid off when Alex Asamoah headed in a historic goal which cancelled out Hearts of Oak’s lead.
Kumasi Asante and WAFA opened their Premier League campaign on a disappointing note after splitting points on match day one in Sogakope after a 1:1 draw.
Mohammed Aminu opened the scoring for the home side with a spectacular early free kick in the 3rd minute.
The Porcupine Warriors however, hit back through Yakubu Mohammed, when he swiftly connected to divert Jordan Opoku’s powerful drive for the equalizer in the 18th minute
At Tarkwa, where Karela FC lined up for their first ever premier league match, Kwame Boateng ensured Medeama grabbed all the three points with an early goal in the 7th minute, which proved to be the match winner.
Dreams FC played host to Elmina Sharks on their return to the Premier League and the fearsome Sharks nearly marred Dreams’ party.
When the match seems to be heading for a disappointing home draw, Sharani Zeberu hit a dramatic 88th minute winner to send the home fans wild.
At the Len Clay Sadium in Obuasi, Ashantigold also kicked off their season on a winning note after defeating Wa All Stars by a lone goal. Shafiu Mumuni scored the all important goal to make sure all the points went to the miners.
Results for Match Day One
Saturday, 17th Mar 2018
Match Day 1 Inter Allies 3-0 Bechem United
Sunday, 18th Mar 2018
Techiman Eleven Wonders 1-1 Accra Hearts of Oak
Medeama 1-0 Karela FC
Dreams FC 1-0 Elmina Sharks
Ebusua Dwarfs 1-0 Berekum Chelsea
AshantiGold 1-0 Wa All Stars
WAFA 1-1 Asante Kotoko