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League Report of Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

GPL: 10 goals scored in opening week

The exit of last season’s leading goal scorers, Mahatma Otoo and Kennedy Ashia, may have robbed the league of attacking potency as the 2013/14 Premier League season kicked off at the weekend, experiencing a shortage of goals. Only 10 goals were scored compared to 14 goals scored on the opening weekend of the previous season.

With last season’s top scorer Otoo joining the exodus bandwagon, Accra Hearts of Oak found a new hitman in fresh recruit, Emmanuel Hayford, who repaid his new club’s faith in him by scoring twice for the Phobians in their 2-0 away victory over New Edubiase United.

Hayford’s brace put him on top of the goal-king race, while Liberty Professionals’ Tamimu Montari shared in the opening day glory last Sunday by scoring the first goal of the season. He hit the back of the net in the seventh minute of their 1-1 drawn game with visiting Wa All Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Berekum Chelsea dispatched Kpando Heart of Lions 2-0 at the Golden City Park to become the only side to replicate last season’s opening day feat. But for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, their hard fought 2-1 win over Aduana Stars in Sunyani was a significant result, having failed to win the opening week games in the four previous seasons.

Three clubs — Hearts, Kotoko and Ebusua Dwarfs — were the highest— scoring sides in the first week of the season, scoring two goals each in their respective matches. Dwarfs handed newcomers Inter Allies a baptism of fire with a 2-0 win last Saturday in Accra.

However, Ashantigold’s Nafiu Awudu made the headlines for the wrong reasons after becoming the first player to be shown the red card following a second bookable offence in their scoreless match with Heart of Lions at Kpando.