GPL: Wa All Stars crowned 2015/16 champions
Wa All Stars have been crowned champions of the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League after emerging tops of the 16-club competition.
After 30 round of matches [240 games in total] since February 20, the curtains for the season were finally drawn on Sunday September 18 with the Wa-based club amassing most points – 51.
All Stars thus becomes the first side from Northern Ghana to win the Ghana Premier League title, achieving the enviable feat in their 10th year in the topflight.
However, on their coronation day, All Stars got walloped 3-0 by a relegated Sekondi Hasaacas side at the Essipong Stadium Sunday. Striker Samuel Afful bagged a brace before Prince Arko converted a penalty to complete the score.
The defeat did no harm to All Stars who had beaten tittle rivals Aduana Stars on Wednesday to seal an historic title triumph. They were presented with the glittering Premier League trophy in Sekondi after the game and have earned a 2017 Caf Champions League spot as well as a $30,000 prize money.
In other games, Berekum Chelsea dumped Techiman City out of the Ghana Premier League with an emphatic final day win at the Golden City Park. In a final relegation quagmire involving about five clubs, Chelsea were level on 37 points with Techiman City and they needed victory to ensure safety, while the least needed a point to entertain any hope of survival.
However, it was Berekum Chelsea who survived and in style, easily dismissing their opponents with an emphatic 4-0 drubbing. Eric Ametepe set the tone for the great escape mission when he gave Chelsea an early lead in the 4th minute before Stephen Owusu doubled the lead in the 46th minute. Nana Tei Horsu made it 3-0 Stephen Amankonah hammered the final nail, to cut short Techiman City’s one season stint with the elite division.
In Dormaa, Inter Allies, who went into their match against Aduana Stars with their relegation Premiership status hanging by a thread, battled to priceless 1-1 draw with Aduana Stars to avoid the drop. Prince Baffoe opened the scoring for Inter Allies in the 7th minute but Bright Adjei equalzed to give Aduana some relegation scare. Inter Allies however held on to retain their Premiership status by a whisker.
At the Carl Reindorf Park, Latif Blessing was in sensational form as his final day hat trick rescued Liberty Professionals from trouble. They defeated Bechem United 3-1 with Abednego Tetteh getting a consolation goal for Bechem United.
Dwarfs also survived relegation with a 2-0 win over Dreams FC in Dawu. Stephen Bentil and Amoah Mensah were the goal scorers.
Asante Kotoko defeated WAFA 2:1 in Kumasi, with Bennett Ofori and Akwesi Nti scoring for the Porcupine Warriors while, Charles Boateng was on target for WAFA.
Hearts of Oak came from a goal down to beat relegated New Edubiase 3-1 at the Gyamfis Park in Bekwai. Abdul Wahab put Edubiase ahead but Hearts hit back, scoring three goals within 5 minutes. Patrick Razak equalised in the 75th minute and Cosmos Dauda hit a three-minute brace to seal the win for Hearts. Cosmos Dauda would have grabbed a hat trick had he not missed a penalty before his brace.
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