GPL: Hearts of Oak escape relegation, Sarmatex 1996 marks title coronation with win over Accra Lions


Accra Hearts of Oak needed to stage a comeback to beat Bechem United 3-2 at Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park in the last match of the 2023-24 Ghana Premier League season on Sunday.

Goals from Kofi Agbesimah, Kelvin Osei Asibey, and Yaw Amankwah Baafi were enough to secure all three points for the Phobians, who avoided dropping into the second tier of Ghana football.

Emmanuel Owusu and Bismark Edjeodji scored the consolation goals for Bechem United, who dropped to 10th position on the league table.

FC Samartex 1996 cemented their position at the top of the league after a 2-0 win over Accra Lions at Nsenkyire Sports Arena in Samreboi with goals from Emmanuel Mamah and Ebenezer Ocran.

FC Samartex 1996, who were already champions with two games to spare, finished the season with 61 points to claim their historic first title win.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko also finished the season on a strong note after beating already-relegated Bofoakwa United 3-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Goals from Kalo Ouattara, Baba Yahaya, and
Peter Amidu Acquah ensured an emphatic win for the Porcupine Warriors, who finished the season in 7th position.

Kpando Hearts of Lions came back from two goals down to secure a point against Berekum Chelsea in a pulsating 2-2 encounter at the Golden City Park.

The point gained by Heart of Lions helps them maintain their Premier League status, while Berekum Chelsea maintains third place on the table.

Stephen Amankona scored twice to move his tally to 19 goals for the season and clinch the ultimate golden boot at the end of the season.

Great Olympics have been relegated from the league despite being awarded  three points and three goals after RTU failed to show up at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The ‘Dade Boys’ were relegated despite getting 44 points, as they were narrowly edged by Hearts of Lions and Legon Cities, who secured 45 points.

Scores from week 34: 

Bechem United 2-3 Hearts of Oak

Berekum Chelsea 2-2 Heart of Lions

Dreams FC 2-1 Aduana Stars

FC Samartex 1996 2-0 Accra Lions FC

Great Olympics
3-0 W.O. Real Tamale United

Legon Cities 1-1 Gold Stars FC

Medeama SC 0-1 Karela United

Nsoatreman FC 1-0 Nations FC

Asante Kotoko 3-1 Bofoakwa

Source: Ghana News Agency

GPL: Hearts of Oak escape relegation, Sarmatex 1996 marks title coronation with win over Accra Lions


Accra Hearts of Oak needed to stage a comeback to beat Bechem United 3-2 at Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park in the last match of the 2023-24 Ghana Premier League season on Sunday.

Goals from Kofi Agbesimah, Kelvin Osei Asibey, and Yaw Amankwah Baafi were enough to secure all three points for the Phobians, who avoided dropping into the second tier of Ghana football.

Emmanuel Owusu and Bismark Edjeodji scored the consolation goals for Bechem United, who dropped to 10th position on the league table.

FC Samartex 1996 cemented their position at the top of the league after a 2-0 win over Accra Lions at Nsenkyire Sports Arena in Samreboi with goals from Emmanuel Mamah and Ebenezer Ocran.

FC Samartex 1996, who were already champions with two games to spare, finished the season with 61 points to claim their historic first title win.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko also finished the season on a strong note after beating already-relegated Bofoakwa United 3-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Goals from Kalo Ouattara, Baba Yahaya, and
Peter Amidu Acquah ensured an emphatic win for the Porcupine Warriors, who finished the season in 7th position.

Kpando Hearts of Lions came back from two goals down to secure a point against Berekum Chelsea in a pulsating 2-2 encounter at the Golden City Park.

The point gained by Heart of Lions helps them maintain their Premier League status, while Berekum Chelsea maintains third place on the table.

Stephen Amankona scored twice to move his tally to 19 goals for the season and clinch the ultimate golden boot at the end of the season.

Great Olympics have been relegated from the league despite being awarded  three points and three goals after RTU failed to show up at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The ‘Dade Boys’ were relegated despite getting 44 points, as they were narrowly edged by Hearts of Lions and Legon Cities, who secured 45 points.

Scores from week 34: 

Bechem United 2-3 Hearts of Oak

Berekum Chelsea 2-2 Heart of Lions

Dreams FC 2-1 Aduana Stars

FC Samartex 1996 2-0 Accra Lions FC

Great Olympics
3-0 W.O. Real Tamale United

Legon Cities 1-1 Gold Stars FC

Medeama SC 0-1 Karela United

Nsoatreman FC 1-0 Nations FC

Asante Kotoko 3-1 Bofoakwa

Source: Ghana News Agency

Legon Cities mourns passing of goalkeeper Essu


Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities have mourned the passing of their goalkeeper, William Essu.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper died on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the University of Cape Coast Hospital in the Central Region.

Essu, who previously played for Ghana’s U-23 team, had been battling illness for some months and was thought to be making a recovery until last Saturday’s tragic death.

Legon Cities, in a statement, said, ‘We all at Legon Cities Football Club mourn the loss of a talented goalkeeper and a beloved member of our team.

‘Essu was a hugely popular figure at our club. He always went about his duties with amazing positivity.

‘We were hopeful that Essu would be back to join his teammates as he started making a steady recovery during his illness, but unfortunately, we lost him to the cold hands of death.

‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. May his memory continue to inspire us on and off the pitch.’

Legon Cities have been dealt
a huge blow in recent months after another goalkeeper, Sylvester Sackey, passed away in September 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Legon Cities mourns passing of goalkeeper Essu


Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities have mourned the passing of their goalkeeper, William Essu.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper died on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the University of Cape Coast Hospital in the Central Region.

Essu, who previously played for Ghana’s U-23 team, had been battling illness for some months and was thought to be making a recovery until last Saturday’s tragic death.

Legon Cities, in a statement, said, ‘We all at Legon Cities Football Club mourn the loss of a talented goalkeeper and a beloved member of our team.

‘Essu was a hugely popular figure at our club. He always went about his duties with amazing positivity.

‘We were hopeful that Essu would be back to join his teammates as he started making a steady recovery during his illness, but unfortunately, we lost him to the cold hands of death.

‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. May his memory continue to inspire us on and off the pitch.’

Legon Cities have been dealt
a huge blow in recent months after another goalkeeper, Sylvester Sackey, passed away in September 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2023/24 Ghana Premier League: Week 34 Match Preview – Asante Kotoko vs Bofoakwa Tano


Both Asante Kotoko and Bofoakwa Tano are preparing to meet in the final matchday of the ongoing Ghana Premier League season, seeking victory at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Bofoakwa Tano aims to salvage some positivity heading into the upcoming MTN FA Cup final set against Nsoatreman later in the month.

On the other hand, Asante Kotoko, safe from relegation but out of contention for the top four, seeks to end their challenging season with a victory.

The Porcupine Warriors have endured a trophyless campaign and will look to conclude with a win to lift spirits.

Asante Kotoko have been in good form at home, securing wins in eight consecutive games at Baba Yara Stadium.

Conversely, Bofoakwa Tano has struggled recently, failing to win any of their last five matches and recording no victory on the road.

Historically, Asante Kotoko has had the upper hand against Bofoakwa Tano, having not lost in their last three meetings.

The encounter promises to be a competitive affair as both teams aim to finish their
respective seasons on a positive note, albeit with different motivations and objectives.

Source: Ghana Web

He was a hero – German Ambassador to Ghana recounts Tony Yeboah’s days in the Bundesliga


The German Ambassador to Ghana, Daniel Krull, recalls growing up watching former Ghana international Tony Yeboah in the Bundesliga, describing him as a hero in his hometown of Hamburg.

Yeboah started his career abroad in Germany in the early nineties, where he twice won the Bundesliga Golden Boot while playing for Eintracht Frankfurt.

He also spent time with Hamburger SV before leaving Europe for Saudi Arabia to sign with Al Ittihad.

With Germany hosting the 2024 European Championship, the Embassy in Ghana hosted a watch party where the ambassador shared his memories of Yeboah.

“I grew up with Anthony Yeboah, who still has many followers in Frankfurt and my hometown, Hamburg. He was a hero; he was the Golden Boot winner twice. So that was my first contact with Ghanaian soccer,” he told Tv3.

Ambassador Krull believes Ghana is blessed with so much talent, but there is a need to improve the sports infrastructure in the country.

“I think you have so many successful soccer players who were successful at the
highest international level, who are capable of moving this country forward. There is a strong need for a professional structure,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

2023/24 Ghana Premier League: Week 34 Match Preview – Asante Kotoko vs Bofoakwa Tano


Both Asante Kotoko and Bofoakwa Tano are preparing to meet in the final matchday of the ongoing Ghana Premier League season, seeking victory at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Bofoakwa Tano aims to salvage some positivity heading into the upcoming MTN FA Cup final set against Nsoatreman later in the month.

On the other hand, Asante Kotoko, safe from relegation but out of contention for the top four, seeks to end their challenging season with a victory.

The Porcupine Warriors have endured a trophyless campaign and will look to conclude with a win to lift spirits.

Asante Kotoko have been in good form at home, securing wins in eight consecutive games at Baba Yara Stadium.

Conversely, Bofoakwa Tano has struggled recently, failing to win any of their last five matches and recording no victory on the road.

Historically, Asante Kotoko has had the upper hand against Bofoakwa Tano, having not lost in their last three meetings.

The encounter promises to be a competitive affair as both teams aim to finish their
respective seasons on a positive note, albeit with different motivations and objectives.

Source: Ghana Web

He was a hero – German Ambassador to Ghana recounts Tony Yeboah’s days in the Bundesliga


The German Ambassador to Ghana, Daniel Krull, recalls growing up watching former Ghana international Tony Yeboah in the Bundesliga, describing him as a hero in his hometown of Hamburg.

Yeboah started his career abroad in Germany in the early nineties, where he twice won the Bundesliga Golden Boot while playing for Eintracht Frankfurt.

He also spent time with Hamburger SV before leaving Europe for Saudi Arabia to sign with Al Ittihad.

With Germany hosting the 2024 European Championship, the Embassy in Ghana hosted a watch party where the ambassador shared his memories of Yeboah.

“I grew up with Anthony Yeboah, who still has many followers in Frankfurt and my hometown, Hamburg. He was a hero; he was the Golden Boot winner twice. So that was my first contact with Ghanaian soccer,” he told Tv3.

Ambassador Krull believes Ghana is blessed with so much talent, but there is a need to improve the sports infrastructure in the country.

“I think you have so many successful soccer players who were successful at the
highest international level, who are capable of moving this country forward. There is a strong need for a professional structure,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web