FANS of Accra Great Olympics were in celebratory mood yesterday when their idol club accounted for Liberty Professionals in what was their first win in the second round of the First Capital Plus Premier League (FCPPL) at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Yesterday’s vintage 1-0 victory was a double over the Professionals – and though it did not alter Oly’s last-but-one position on the log, it gave them a big boost in their desperate bid to avoid the drop.
The man who set the tone for victory was the veteran Godwin Attram whose eye-catching free-kick on the edge of the Liberty box exploded into the far right corner of the net – leaving goalkeeper Daniel Adjei in a trance.
The goal sent the small home crowd into ruptures, whilst Liberty briefly protested the advantage – arguing that the referee had signalled for an indirect free-kick. But nothing came out of the disapproval.
Liberty thus accepted the challenge and launched a ponderous response with Kennedy Ashia, Charles Dwamena and Felix Addo all knocking hard at the door, but the experienced Dan Quaye and the impressive young right-back, Joshua Oniku, provided the covering for goalkeeper Richard ‘Olele’ Kingson.
Many were surprised to see Olele in action after he picked up what was feared to be a career-threatening injury during the Stephen Appiah Testimonial match at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Perhaps, in view of the crucial nature of the game for Oly, the club’s medical staff had worked tirelessly on Kingson’s injury all night. It paid off as the old hand produced a series of stunning saves throughout the afternoon.
Oly’s performance yesterday, was one of their finest in Accra, and if they are able to maintain that form, they should have a fighting chance to escape from the throes of relegation and give the rest of the top pack a good chase for their money.
By John Vigah