Leicester City’s absolutely unforeseen Premier League triumph, stunning though it is, isn’t much better than this quintet of shocks
By: Sammie Frimpong
Everyone loves the underdog, and they love them even more if, like Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City, they defy the odds and logic to do the unthinkable. In tribute to Leicester’s coronation as the English Premier League’s latest victors last Saturday, KickerGH presents the greatest Ghanaian underdog tales.
ADUANA STARS (Premier League, 2009/10)
It’s absolutely daring for any team freshly promoted to a nation’s elite division to think of being crowned champions on the first attempt — and it’s even more stupefying when they actually pull it off in the manner Aduana Stars did in 2009/10. Not losing at home all season was admirable alright, but scoring just 19 goals and conceding 10 in 30 games was quite mind-boggling, too. Move over, ye Foxes!
BEREKUM CHELSEA (Premier League, 2010/11)
A year after Aduana pulled off their spectacular stunt, Berekum Chelsea, though admittedly operating on a bigger budget and with a bit more swagger, did too. For all the resources at their disposal, Chelsea were relative novices on the big stage, having been a part of the Premier League no more than three years. There were far likelier candidates for the title but, for a second season running, an underdog whisked it.
BEREKUM CHELSEA (Caf Champions League, 2012)
As reward for that shock league triumph, Chelsea landed Ghana’s only ticket for the 2012 Caf Champions League season and made sure everyone on the continent remembered them for it. And why wouldn’t they, after the Blues barely missed out on qualification from Group B in a campaign during which giants Raja Casablanca, Zamalek, and TP Mazembe were all slayed?
This one didn’t come with a trophy but, for what it’s worth, they also produced the competition’s topscorer in 12-goal man Emmanuel Clottey. Epic!
NANIA FC (FA Cup & Super Cup, 2011)
Becoming the first non-premiership side to win Ghana’s FA Cup — and in the competition’s very year of resumption after a decade’s freezing — was probably only topped by the fact that Abedi Ayew’s Nania FC sealed that unprecedented feat by beating Asante Kotoko, arguably the land’s greatest club, in the finale, Evans Omani’s extra-time flick the difference. Oh, and they pipped that year’s Premier League champions Berekum Chelsea in the Cup’s semi-final — and for the coveted Super Cup later in the year as well!
NEW EDUBIASE (FA Cup, 2012)
Nania beat New Edubiase by three years to become the FA Cup’s first lower-tier kings, but that didn’t make the Adansi outfit’s own conquest in 2012 any less astounding — and especially when they bested their local rivals, the far more illustrious Ashantigold, to wrap that particular fairytale up.