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The 2016/17 Ghana Premier League is heating up to an interesting climax with Aduana Stars edging closer to their second league title, while the struggle for survival will go down to the final games of the season.
Below is a recap of the matches played over the weekend.
Bolga All Stars 1-4 Aduana Stars
Already relegated Bolga All Stars were thumped yet again this season as champions in the making, Aduana Stars, banged home four goals against them at their adopted Tamale Utrecht Park home grounds. Nathaniel Asamoah opened the scoring in the 10th minute but Samuel Norgbey equalised to suggest a comeback, however, any hope as such was immediately quenched when Samuel Adams added a second for the Ogya Boys.
Derrick Sasraku hit a brace to end the first half four goals in favour of the visitors. The win suggests the 2009/10 champions will need to win their next game at home to relegation-threatened Elmina Sharks.
WAFA 3-0 Wa All Stars
An improved second half performance saw West Africa Football Academy [WAFA] heap more misery on defending champions, Wa All Stars. Goals from Mohamed Chico Coulibaly, Prince Obeng Ampem and Musah Nuhu signifies the Sogakope based side will end the 2016/17 season with a top finish - their best finish place.
Though placed 6th and on 39 points, Wa All Stars are not safe from relegation and will have to get back to winning ways when they face Bolga All Stars at the Malik Jabir park.
Hearts of Oak 2-1 Ebusua Dwarfs
Hearts of Oak’s wait for a first league title in close to a decade continues as they lost in mid-week to Wa All Stars. Coach Frank Nuttal and his boys immediately put the disappointment behind them as they defeated Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 at home over the weekend.
In-form Winful Cobbinah scored the first goal of the match in the 16th minute before defender Joshua Otoo added a second in the 29th minute but Hearts' defensive frailties this season was yet again evident as Joseph Esso reduced the deficit in the 45th minute to finish the first half nervously for the host and the supporters who had trooped in to watch the Phobians in action. Hearts will travel to Tarkwa to face Medeama SC in match week 29 hoping to repeat last season’s 2-0 win against the Mauve-and-Yellow.
Bechem United 1-0 Asante Kotoko
Kumasi Asante Kotoko suffered their 8th defeat of the season when they conceded a late goal against Bechem United. The Porcupine Warriors started the season as one of three favourites to win the title but since the departure of Croatian trainer, Zdravko Logarusic, the record Ghana premier league champions have failed to win consistently this season. The loss leaves them though a distance away but involved in what appears to be the most interesting relegation dog-fight in the history of the league.
In the other games, Obuasi Ashantigold SC kept their faint hopes of survival alive with a comfortable 2-0 win over fellow strugglers, Tema Youth at home. Hans Kwoffie and Shaffiu Mumuni scored in the 33rd and 55th minutes respectively to give coach C.K. Akunnor a deserving victory.
Elmina Sharks 2-0 win over Tema Youth in mid-week was a fluke as they lost narrowly at home to fellow relegation strugglers, Great Olympics. Daniel Appiah's 70th minute secured all three points for the 1970 league champions - their first back-to-back win this season.
Inter Allies were comfortable winners at home as goals in each half from Wahab Ackwei and Hashmin Musah kept the Eleven-to-One two points away from 14th place Tema Youth.
Liberty Professionals were the big winners of match week 28 as they thrashed 5th placed Berekum Chelsea 4-2 at the Carl Reindorf park in Dansoman. In-form striker, Bernard Arthur, scored a brace while Michael Ampadu and Frederick Ansah scored each to keep the Scientific Soccer Lads just a distance away from the relegation zone. Berekum Chelsea, however, scored twice through forward, Stephen Sarfo, who now leads the race for the golden boot.