After years of sojourn in Ghana football's wilderness, Sekondi Eleven Wise and B.A. United assumed control of their separate fates when the Polytank Division One Middle League opened last Wednesday.
And now with two more games to go, the two appear closer to the dream that had eluded them over the years, while they dare all to a challenge for the single Premier League tickets available to their respective zones.
Inspired by Winfred Dormon's intelligence, Issah Alhassan's sharpness and the team's general fitness, Wise, nicknamed Western Show Boys for their famous fine football in the days they stood tall among the local giants, demolished impressive Norchip 3-1 at Liberty's Carl Reindorf Park at Dansoman in Accra to take their destiny into their hands in Zone 2.
Indeed, not even experienced goalkeeper, Abubakari Kankani, could salvage Norchip at the hands of their opponents.
B.A. United, one-time Apostles of Power Soccer, were in similar vintage mood, also winning 3-1 against Soccer Warriors in Zone 1.
On Sunday when Wise play Westham at Tema and B.A. United engage Upper Stars at the Prempeh College Park, alongside two other games, it will be another round of tough contest for supremacy in the different zones, while action in Zone 3 begins at Sekondi and Cape Coast, with eyes on St Mirren's prolific striker, Mahatma Otoo, to perform against Fair Point, Royal Knights and Power FC.
For Wise, the wild celebrations that greeted their victory over Norchip were indications of the relief that engulfed the entire Sekondi township and the general followers of the club.
For 10 years, the club has been confined to lower league football and the intervention of Global Media Alliance, who now own the club, has given them the best chance of returning in the immediate future.
B.A. United, on the other hand, have languished in the Division One League for five straight years and hope only appeared in sight after their qualification for the Middle League.
Now leading their respective zones, B.A and Wise also lie dangerously against their wounded opponents whose only chances of survival are limited to victories.
Soccer Warriors also play Chelsea at the Baba Yara Stadium, while Norchip and Samartex clash at the Carl Reindorf Park.
Story by Michael Quaye