It might have started as a dream.
In all, 16 teams lined up at the beginning of the season with each cocksure of winning this year’s league title.
All the teams were well aware that, it’s only one team that would eventually win the title with most football lovers rating the big traditional teams – Hearts and Kotoko well above the other teams.
Not many gave any less fanciful teams such as Wa All Stars, any chance to clinch the most prestigious league diadem in Ghana.
However, the team beat all odds to lift the magnificent crown last Sunday for the first time in the history of the Ghana Premier League.
Their historic feat makes them the first team from the northern part of the country to have lifted the coveted trophy.
The milestone achieved by the team, which was established in 2006, can only be attributed to discipline, dedication, hard work and commitment to duty.
Being the team that travelled the longest in the 16-team league, the Wa based team emerged tops in the league, after a fiercely contested football season which was decided on the penultimate match-day of the season against second placed side, Aduana Stars from Berekum in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The team on four occasions, travelled for 562 kilometres (km), 443km, 352km to Accra, Kumasi, and Sunyani respectively to play four teams each in those regions as well as 677 km, 705 km and 735 to play teams in Cape Coast, Takoradi and Sogakope respectively.
These journeys were made by road on routes that are largely not in the best of shapes especially, in those parts of the country where they have to travel to honour their matches.
Though not the first team to lift the league title as “first-time winners” in recent times, the circumstances surrounding their exploit deserve commendation special mention especially in a league without sponsorship.
With Ghana’s power house clubs, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, all in the mix, Wa All Stars, showed class during the 30-match season mimicking the heroics of Leicester City, the reigning English champions who won the English title only for the first time in their 132 years’ existence.
By virtue of their new status as Ghanaian champions, Wa All Stars will hoist the flag of Ghana when it takes part in the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Champions League next season.
It is in this vein that The Ghanaian Times takes the opportunity to congratulate the team for their feat and urge other so called ‘small clubs’ to emulate the heroic example of the playing body of Wa All Stars, whose names have been written in gold following their exploit.
Wa All Stars deserve a special praise and their President and Founder, Kwesi Nyantekyi deserves a pat on the back for the team’s accomplishment in their 20-year lifespan.
The Ghana Football Association and Corporate Ghana must endeavour to pay special attention to the league by investing, to support teams such as Wa All Stars who have not only made themselves proud but the entire country.