THE SILLY [GPL] REVIEW: Sacrifices, Tradition & Twitter Mares
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 the league’s not-so-serious underbelly?
Well, then: welcome to The Silly [GPL] Review!
KING FAISAL ARE THE ULTIMATE ENTERTAINERS
King Faisal may be flirting with relegation this season, but no other team has been as committed to bringing back the love — to borrow the Ghana Football Association’s catchphrase — than the Kumasi- Techiman-based side.
Football is all about goals, after all, and Faisal have supplied fans a great deal of that all season, contributing at both ends by conceding more than any other team and scoring as many as all but five clubs. Out of 99 games played in the current campaign, in fact, only seven have produced more than five goals — and fun-loving Faisal have been involved in three of those; their latest, a seven-goal thriller, came last Saturday.
Are you not entertained?
DORMAA UPHOLDS YAHAYA TRADITION
Ever been to Dormaa-Ahenkro before?
Well, I live there, so believe me when I tell you it’s as traditional a town as you’d find anywhere in the country. Over the weekend, one of Dormaa’s respected traditions — albeit one that has developed relatively recently — continued: Yahaya Mohammed scoring for Aduana Stars, in a fifth straight home league game.
As they like to say here, “tradition ought never to be discarded!”
GOOD WEEK: LIBERTY PROS
Here’s a myth: before WAFA were promoted to the GPL ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, they consulted the gods of Sogakope and made a pact with them to present at least one of their top-flight peers as a generous sacrifice each season.
Thus far, WAFA had remained true to their word — the likes of Hasaacas, Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC, and Ashantigold have all been victims — but this term’s ritual wasn’t forthcoming. King Faisal and Medeama — in Week 1 and 7, respectively — resisted WAFA’s efforts to force them unto that wide-margined altar, coming back strong to render their losses narrow and the attempted offerings null and void.
But just as the gods were getting frustrated, wrathful about each oblation they were teased with and then denied, Liberty Professionals popped up on Sunday to save WAFA’s season with a five-star turn.
Not all heroes come caped; some wear scars and bear bloody stripes all over!
BAD WEEK(S): HEARTS FANS
When the referee blew his whistle to officially enter Accra Great Olympics’ 2-0 win over capital rivals Hearts of Oak into the history books, fans of the latter would have been distraught at the prospect of spending the next few weeks under the thumb of the chill-less, ruthless Olympics admin on Twitter — an ordeal Hearts would hardly wish on their worst enemies (who, depending on whom you ask, could be Olympics themselves).