THE SILLY REVIEW: Formulae, Adjusted Expectations & A Twisting River
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?
Great? Well, then: welcome to The Silly Review [TSR]!
PAPIC FINALLY FIGURING THINGS OUT
When Kosta Papic started off his second tenure as Hearts of Oak head coach with a demolition of Dreams FC in December 2020, TSR warned that he had placed himself in a precarious position by setting the bar so high so early.
Over the course of his first few weeks in charge, Papic defied that warning and continued to raise the bar even higher. But just when Hearts’ form had begun to inspire talk of a title challenge, Papic seems to have finally received the memo: drawing with Legon Cities over the weekend means Hearts have now gone four straight games without a win, pushing the Phobians further down the table and adjusting expectations to more ‘realistic’ levels.
We knew you’d get it at some point, sir. Happy belated congratulations.
ALLIES ON THE BRINK OF PROVING ‘ELEVEN IS TO ONE’ FORMULA
Week 13 saw Inter Allies consolidate their status as the league’s worst team with a sixth straight loss, but that result is only the penultimate step in the team’s quest to live up to their ‘Eleven is to One’ nickname: should they avoid victory in their next game, Allies would have won just one of their last eleven.
Finish hard, guys. History beckons.
MIXED WEEK: RIVER ANKOBRA
For a river that isn’t so often spoken of, the Ankobra has been in the news with some regularity over the last week or so.
Ahead of Week 13, the Ankobra was the talk of town, with many attributing Aiyinase-based Karela FC’s five-year unbeaten home record to its purported supernatural powers. After Asante Kotoko handed Karela a first-ever home defeat at the Crosby Awuah Memorial (CAM) Park, however, the Ankobra’s might is now being questioned and many wonder whether it has lost its touch.
But, hey, that’s just how life — and the life of a river, especially — flows: twisting at every turn.