All Stars are champs

Wa All Stars have emerged Ghana Premier League (GPL) champions with a game to spare after defeating Aduana Stars in a top-of-the-table clash of week 29 yesterday at the Wa Park.

It marked an end to a fruitless nine-year Premier League campaign that have seen the Wa club come close on several season but always surrendered to pressures from competitors.

De-Veries Asare and Saddick Alhassan struck for the new champions with Aduana’s goal coming from the foot of Bright Adjei.

And reactions after the game was mixed as the new champions cart-wheeled in joy with Aduana Stars players and coach charging on the referee to protest against the referee for the award of the penalty that led to the winning goal.

The game however lived up to its billing with both sides selling a classic game to the fans with end to end action.

But the ‘homesters’ had the first laugh as early as the ninth minute when De-Veries struck from close range to send the packed-to-capacity Wa Stadium into ruptures.

Aduana accepted the challenge and carried the game to their opponents. After just two minutes, they were back into the match again following an exquisite goal from Bright Adjei.

That set the tone for a demanding second half which both players gave their best shot with All Stars the lucky side after earning a penalty but wasted it.

When all pointed to a drawn encounter, referee Ali Alhassan awarded a second penalty to All Stars which was expertly converted this time by Saddick Alhassan to make All Stars the first Northern regional representatives to win the Premier League.

By Times Sports Reporter

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