KickerGH’s writers predict the clubs which could be relegated by September
The second half of the ongoing Ghana Premier League season returns on Sunday after a month’s break and places at the business ends of the table would be keenly contested. Ahead of the long-awaited resumption, two of our writers predict which clubs would be cut loose when it’s all said and done. See if you agree with them:
14TH – INTER ALLIES
The Tema-based lads are battling for their lives in 13th, only three points above bottom club New Edubiase. How much influence recently appointed head coach Jimmy Cobblah could have on a team so thickly cast in the departed Herbert Addo’s mould should be seen in the second round, but it may ultimately not be enough to see them revive and survive. They’d be edged out in the end, methinks — but only just.
15TH – BECHEM UNITED
Forty-two points were enough to see Bechem United finish fifth in 2013/14, their first season back in the top-flight after a short-lived relegation experience; just a point less in the campaign that followed, however, and they barely missed the drop. On just 15 points thus far in 2016 (an terrible average of one per game, as for Allies), though, they’d fail to pull off another stunning escape should that unhealthy run of form persist.
16TH – EBUSUA DWARFS
Once a force among the country’s so-called traditional sides, Dwarfs have quickly become a ‘yo-yo’ club, flitting between the top-flight and second-tier as the tide wills. This term, the wind seems to be blowing them ever so strongly towards a swift return to the Division One League, and they may actually end up worse than the 15th they currently occupy — a fate not even a busy second window may save them from.
14TH – Hasaacas
Hasaacas, currently perched relatively safely at 11th, don’t look as though they are in any danger at the moment, but the ‘Do’ boys have the most porous defence in the league and, despite managing to amass a healthy number of points thus far, their defensive issues could drag them right into the relegation spots with the competition usually much fiercer in the second round.
15TH – Bechem United
One of Brong Ahafo’s four representatives in the league, Bechem depended too heavily on home form throughout the first round (14 of their 15 points were picked up before their own) but with the likes of Aduana Stars, Berekum Chelsea, Medeama, AshantiGold and Hearts of Oak all scheduled to visit in the second round, it doesn’t seem that factor alone will be enough to lift them out of their present woes.
16TH – New Edubiase
Form is temporary, true, but Edubiase’s form at the end of the first round is alarming at the least. They lost all their last five games and, being the lowest-scoring team in the league so far (on a meagre nine goals), Abdul-Salam Yakubu’s boys appear to lack the firepower necessary to halt their slide. It’s what could see them go down in the end, despite the capture of experienced marksman Bismark Idan.