GPL [SILLY] REVIEW: Save the Date & Savour Nettey’s ‘Own Assist’
You’ve probably read a few reviews already on the latest match-week of the Ghana Premier League (GPL), and that’s fine.
What, though, about a review that flips the script right over, revealing all those not-so-serious details you missed?
Right… who’s up for a wedding?
Actually, lemme rephrase: who’s up for a wedding this weekend?
Prince Opoku Agyemang turned up for Medeama’s Gameweek 22 Ghana Premier League fixture against Ebusua Dwarfs in good form — five goals in as many games.
His hot scoring streak did continue, fetching Medeama’s third goal in a 3-0 thrashing of the Cape Coasters, but Agyemang had something else to show off: an undershirt announcing his wedding date.
We thought we’d seen it all when it came to wedding date announcements, but Mr. Agyemang — with, I imagine, the consent of the would-be Mrs. Agyemang — has taken it up a notch.
The only problem is, if the 25-person rule applies (well, does it?), there probably won’t even be enough seats at the wedding for Agyemang’s teammates and coaches — but, hey, we can’t say we haven’t been invited!
There have been quite a few great own goals in football history, but there is also a catalogue of Great ‘Own Assists’, and the latest entry came over the weekend when Accra Hearts of Oak visited Dreams FC.
As the game slipped away from the Phobians, 1-0 down in Dawu with minutes to go, Dreams’ Issah Yakubu was doing that thing players do by the corner flag when they’re in a narrow lead and the clock is winding down — you dey barb?
Yakubu was cornered, however, by two Hearts players who, in no mood for his time-wasting antics, knocked him down flat. Still, the ball remained trapped between the feet of the prostrate Yakubu and required rescuing.
From who, though?
Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
The man, in this case, was Hearts’ Emmanuel Nettey.
The midfielder had a light-bulb moment, the absolutely bright idea of hacking the ball free with a truly classy backheel that rolled it right into the path of Sylvester Simba who, quickly, burst into the area to score.
It would all have been perfect, but for the fact that Simba is actually a Dreams player — and it was into Hearts’ net that he stuck the ball.