Survival Of The Fittest - 5 Greater Accra Clubs Trail In League
As if planned, all Greater Accra clubs in the ongoing Onetouch premiership, except second-placed Liberty Professionals, are engaged in an interesting musical chairs game as they battle for space at the bottom of the table.
At the end of the first round last Sunday, Tema-based Real Sportive found themselves sitting on top of the last quarter strugglers in the 16-club league, leaving Accra-based Zaytuna United, Tema Youth, Accra Hearts of Oak and Accra Great Olympics in that order in their trail.
However, Hearts who have an outstanding home game against Wa All Stars at the Ohene Djan Stadium could get some temporary relief in case of victory though that would still not be any significant leap to save their fans from the relegation worries.
For the above clubs, the one-month break could be a turnaround in their fortunes following the opening of the second registration window yesterday to make way for new players to get on board in the second round, though the other contenders will have the same leverage to revamp their teams as well.
Between now and March 28, when the second window is scheduled to close, Premier League clubs are expected to keep the FA Secretariat busy with the documentation of their fresh 'catches' who could take the excitement and competitiveness of the league to another level in the coming weeks.
According to the Chairman of the Professional League Board (PLB), Mr Welbeck Abra-Appiah, the list of the newly-registered players will be published between March 31 and April 4 for verification from April 7 to 11.
He told the Graphic Sports yesterday that the second round of the league would commence on Sunday, April 13, barring any hitches.
He said the league would resume that weekend with all eight matches if no clubs asked for the postponement of their matches for losing two or three players to the local Black Stars in their Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Niger away that same day.
Story by Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo