By Gariba Raubil
Consistent survival and stay in the Ghana Premier League is very expensive and not an easy task at all.
The testimonies of GHAPOHA, Maxbees, Prestea Mine Stars, Stay Cool, Kade Hotspurs, Gomoa Feyenoord,Great Olympics, B/A United,Real Sportive,Zaytuna FC,All Blacks, St.Mirren, Eleven Wise, B/A Stars, Wassaman Utd, Mighty Jets and many more are there for all to see.
Bechem United are the only side among the three clubs relegated in the 2011/12 season to return to top-tier football.
They failed to provide the needed requirements that would have ensured their stay in their debut season and they got relegated.
The uncertainty of the club’s home, not so exceptional squad,naivety were some of the possible causes of Bechem’s failure at the first attempt.
The good news however is they are back and the bad omen is that they face some six difficult games within the first 8 weeks.
I tout them as the “Top 6 High Hurdles” that Bechem United must jump high over in order to consolidate their stay in the top tier.
1. The Medeama Hurdle
Bechem travel to Takwa in Week Two.This will be the third meeting between the two sides.Bechem United’s first premier league victory was against Medeama in the 7th Week of the 2011/12 season and will be hoping.
Medeama won the last meeting between the two sides at Takwa by 3-1 during the second round.
The Tarkwa-based side finished third last season and won the MTN Ghana FA Cup and they will be a big stumbling block to Bechem United especially in front of their home fans.
2.The Dwarfs Hurlde
If there would be any hurdle among the Top six for Bechem Utd to jump over without a lot of difficulty,then it would have to be against Dwarfs at the Bechem Park in Week 3.
Dwarfs on the other side had a terrific campaign last season having finished within the best four zones.
Dwarfs lost on their last visit to the Bechem Park 1-0 in the 2011/12 season and will be seeking to avoid back-to-back defeat at the hands of Miroslav Bogdanovic’ boys.
3.The Aduana Hurdle
Bechem Utd visits The former league champions in Week 4.Bechem Utd picked only a point from their two outings with Aduana in the 2011/12 season, a 1-1 draw at Babayara stadium and a 1-2 defeat at Dormaa Aygeman Badu Park.
Aduana settled at a respectable 7th place last season and new coach JE Saporng is expected to further empower them. Is a tricky visit for Bechem Utd.
4. The Hearts of Oak Hurdle
This fixture certainly rings a bell.They finished 5th last season but they have not been able to beat Bechem Utd in their two meetings which all ended 0-0 in 2011-12 season. Coach David Duncan will present a revived Hearts of oak this season having also made some signings to beef up the squad. Week 5 will see this contest at the Bechem Park.
5.The Edubiase Hurdle
Edubiase play host to Bechem in Week 6.
This is the club that beat Bechem United to cement Bechem Utd’s place in the relegation mire in the last round of matches in the 2011/12 season with a solitary goal from Abeiku Ainooson who has now joined Asante Kotoko.
Edubiase have a hundred percent record against Bechem United having won all of the two matches the two sides have played with former Edubiase centre forward Emmanuel Baffour scoring a resounding treble of goals in the first ever premier league match between the two teams.
At the Bekwai Park,few clubs are known to have to power to beat Edubiase and that list certainly omits Bechem United.
The 6th and Deadliest Hurdle Against Kotoko
It happens in Week 7 at Bechem Park.In the past,for so long, Asante Kotoko and their fans will always have to travel from Kumasi to Sunyani to either play B/A United or Bofoakwa Tano and just recently B/A Stars and they normally pass by the Bechem township but little did they know that a time will come when they will no longer speed pass the Bechem town unless they are visiting Berekum Chelsea or Aduana Stars.
The defending champions,as big as they are ,visits Bechem Utd for the first time in Bechem.
Kotoko Has won all their matches against Bechem Utd and they will hope to continue that fine record coming Week 7.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Bechem United picked only 4 points out of possible 21 within the first 7 matches of the 2011/12 season?
Did you know that Bechem United’s first premier league match was a defeat against New Edubiase ?