WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEKEND: ROONEY REBORN, NII FUMES

Home and abroad, football was on the menu this weekend, being served in all its flavours. Here at WWLTW, though, we like it best in one particular shade, namely, the ‘weird’ — and, thankfully, we did have enough of that.

Join us feast, then!

By: Sammie Frimpong

OLD ROONEY, FRESH START

Lining up for England against Slovakia in Sunday’s 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier, Three Lions’ skipper Wayne Rooney starred in Sam Allardyce’s first game at the helm by becoming his nation’s most-capped outfield player. The occasion, though, may have marked a new beginning for Rooney with respect to his career as a defensive midfielder, with the 30-year-old dropping as deep as his pre-transplant hairline in the role handed him by Big Sam. Rooney may have bloomed early as a striker, but if he does it so well, so late in his new position, it really could be the start of something just as great. Way to go, Wazza!

ROAD TO THE FA CUP FILLED WITH PORCUPINES

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The 2016 Ghana FA Cup came to an end over the weekend and Bechem United emerged on top of Okwahu United to lift the trophy and become the fifth team to win it since the competition’s rebirth in 2011. Interestingly, Bechem also became the fourth winners in these last six seasons to have gone ‘through’ Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Nania and Medeama (twice) had to beat the Porcupine Warriors in the final while the newest champions were required to do same at the quarter-final stage. The only team to have won the title without encountering Kotoko (who claimed the 2014 edition themselves) were New Edubiase in 2012. All of this seems to point towards Kotoko’s dominance in the competition, even if it is often expressed only in the role of a bridesmaid. Indeed for everyone but Edubiase, the road to the FA Cup has been — and will be — full of porcupines, albeit ones with the bluntest quills.

GOOD WEEKEND: RAZAK BRAIMAH

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Don’t you just love it when you can commit errors in the full glare of everyone and get away with it?
Ghana No.1 Razak Braimah was saved from ruthless radio criticism concerning his goalkeeping ability by the hullabaloo surrounding the Black Stars’ game with Rwanda. The equaliser — a converted free-kick — conceded by the shot-stopper was avoidable at best as legitimate questions could be raised about how he set up the wall as well as his covering behind it. Surely, if FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuije would be at each other’s throats forever, Braimah’s mistakes could go unnoticed for just as long. Sorry, Kwarasey!

BAD WEEKEND: NII LANTE VANDERPUIJE

Suffice to say the weekend wasn’t exactly a happy one for Vanderpuije. Seeing Ghana hold Rwanda 1-1 on Saturday with a full-strength, largely foreign-based side must have pissed nuumo off, effectively killing whatever appetite he had for the next day’s FA Cup final. Well, at least, he didn’t have to pay that ‘scandalous’ winning bonus!

PICTURE OF THE WEEKEND

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‘wetin concern me?’

 

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