Hearts of Oak dominated the headlines for the Ghana Premier League Week Two after a 5-2 win at home against Edubiase.
Asante Kotoko never looked like champions at Len Clay by twice throwing away a leading position to draw 2-2 with AshantiGold.
New entrants Amidaus put Liberty Professionals to the sword in a 2-0 score line.
Medeama produced a stellar performance at Tarkwa to keep their 100% record and Tem Youth made life uncomfortable for King Faisal at home.
GHANAsoccernet.com’s Ghana Premier League expert SADDICK ADAMS picks his star performers from the Weee Two fixtures.
GOALKEEPER -COLLINS ADDO (RTU)
It’s not very often you’ll see a goalkeeper in my Team of the Week who has let in two goals but after making two outstanding saves in injury time to deny AshantiGold the lead last weekend and injuring himself in the process, the 21 year old was at it again at the Kpando park.
His fingertip save from a Benjamin Fadi header in the 30th munite was among a string of super saves pulled by the former Berekum Chelsea gloves man against Lions.
It was an outstanding performance from a keeper who deserved more from his defence.
RIGHT BACK- KOFI KOOMSON (AMIDAUS)
For much of the game against Liberty, he played like a right-winger and his cross for Isaac Amoah’s goal was just one example of that.
A young lad who epitomised coach Lokko’s courageous philosophy of playing youngsters who are keen to establish themselves and run themselves into the ground for the shirt.
So carved in the shape of Barcelona’s Daniel Alves.
CENTRE BACK- OTUO ACHEAMPONG (MEDEAMA)
This player gets better with every game for Medeama and even after losing his preferred partner Kwabena Edusei to Kotoko during the transfer, Otuo still looked his old self.
He made great strides after joining from Kessben FC last two seasons and has taken that form into the new campaign.
He was once again rock solid against Dwarfs’ dangerous young attackers. He’s certainly one of the reasons why Medeam is staying atthe top haven’t not conceded in 180 minutes.
CENTRE BACK- JOHN ASHONG (ADUANA)
The towering figure makes my TOTW for the second time. Considering the week he’d had you would think he might want a lie down!
Not only did he start his Aduana career well with a goal on his debut, Ashong provides a personal performance of the highest order at the heart of the Aduana defence.
He reorganized his defence and restricted Berekum Chelsea’s long-range efforts. With the fifteen minutes that Eric Bekoe spent on the pitch, this rugged defender kept him well in check.
LEFT-BACK- NANA EGYIRI (HEART OF LIONS)
I never heard of him before this game until I saw the bulky defender cleanly wrestle the ball off the feet of RTU attacker Salim Sakara in the 23rd munite at the Kpando Park and his fine display didn’t end there either.
He had such an enormous energy throughout the game by moving forward anytime his team was in attack.
In one of those instances in the 74th munite, it took the intervention of Lions goalie Collins Addo to parry Egyiri’s powerful header over the bar.
MIDFIELD- MORO ABUBAKAR (HEARTS)
This was one of the best Hearts of Oak performances under CK Akunnor and the manager needs look no further than the robust midfielder for that.
Moro was the outstanding player in a great second-half team performance. It was a display that deserved a goal but I’m sure he won’t mind too much so long as the team is winning.
Over the years Hearts have produced more than their fair share of great midfield players.
Edmund Copson, Stephen Appiah, Anthony Annan, Francis Bossman, Adjah Tetteh and Obed Ansah to name but a few.
Abubakar’s game against Edubiase suggests he could soon be joining those ranks. A title or two might just do it.
MIDFIELD- YAHAYA MOHAMMED (AMIDAUS)
The sort of form Yahaya Mohammed is in you would think that Asante Kotoko have regretted loaning him out.
With a stellar performance that seemed exactly what Kotoko needed at Obuasi, Yayaha, like an orchestra led his Amidaus troops to defeat Liberty with a near-perfect display.
His goal was just a bonus to an overall contribution to the ambitious side.
MIDFIELD- LATIF SALIFU (BEREKUM CHELSEA)
Playing in what I call the Wesley Sneijder position, the ex Liberty man was once again very instrumental in Berekum Chelsea’s earning of one point at the Dormaa Park against Aduana.
Salifu fed his attackers very well with defence splitting passes but unfortunately, none of them ended up in the net.
His 64th munite flick for Bismark Idan was so delighting and looked like the assist for first goal before Akouko made a timely clearance to save the situation.
Undoubtedly one of the best talents in the league.
MIDFIELD- MOSES ODJER (TEMA YOUTH)
Yet again, Odjer makes my TOTW with another masterclass performance.
I was wondering if am the only one who believes that the young Tema Youth man he been the best player in the two matches he’s played so far.
The technical men at the Baba Yara Stadium also had little hesitation in awarding him with the MVP award for the second time running.
His artistry in the Tema Youth midfield and pull almost all the strings that keep the team going.
ATTACK- YAKUBU MOHAMMED (ASHGOLD)
The burly striker looked every bit the star performer against an ill-tactically disciplined Kotoko side.
Mohammed run rugged the Kotoko defence all day and could have scored more on the day.
Yakubu is one of the best orthodox centre-forwards in the country.
The defending champions, however, paid the price for leaving him unmarked in the box on not just one occasion but twice. Well, what did they expect?
The attacker took both gifts gracefully. Has scored not less than 26 goals over the last three seasons.
ATTACK- MAHATMA OTOO
The new Hearts skipper led by example by scoring a marvellous hat-trick for the Rainbow boys. Otoo was a dangerous threat throughout.
His movement both on and off the ball was a joy to watch as the Edubiase defence repeatedly failed to track him as he ghosted in and around their penalty area.
All three of his goals were well-taken and if his header for the second goal was sheer power, his third was taken with such exquisite brilliance.
Isaac Amoako (Kotoko), Emmanuel Akouku (Aduana), Seidu Salifu (Wa All Stars), David Telfer (Ashgold), Owusu Jackson (Chelsea), Kabiru Moro (Medeama).
COACH- CK Akunnor