Ghana has a long, ten-team history of fresh GPL coronations, a list Wa All Stars could soon join
It looks increasingly likely, with just three matchdays to the end of the 2016 Ghana Premier League season, that new champions would be crowned, leaders Wa All Stars the candidate for such honours.
It wouldn’t be the first time a hitherto uncrowned club could be draped in glory, though, with ten previous instances etched in the annals. KickerGH.com recounts those:
1956: HEARTS OF OAK
Hearts, Ghana’s oldest surviving club, were the first to win the national top-flight, though the worth of that maiden conquest — the first of 20 — remains disputed, given that the inaugural edition was boycotted by a dozen clubs and contested by only two, Eleven Wise the other.
1959: ASANTE KOTOKO
The Phobians kept the bragging rights two more years, before archrivals Asante Kotoko seized it, going on to become the competition’s record winners with 23 triumphs overall.
1960: SEKONDI ELEVEN WISE
A year after Kotoko nicked it, another new champion — from coastal Sekondi — emerged. Wise’s only title, however, wouldn’t be the city’s last.
1962/63: REAL REPUBLICANS
For all of Republicans’ dominance in the FA Cup (they won that piece of silverware four times in as many years) during its brief existence and the rich patronage enjoyed as Ghana’s first real ‘establishment club’, that solitary league win in 1962/63 shouldn’t have been their last — but it was.
1966: MYSTERIOUS DWARFS
Republicans, who thrived on the patronage of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, sank into oblivion after 1966 when the Osagyefuo was overthrown, but that monumental year also marked Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs’ decoration with a first — and only — league title.
1970: GREAT OLYMPICS
Olympics, now relegated, were quite strong in the early ’70s and won two league titles, the first coming at the dawn of that era.
1977: SEKONDI HASAACAS
Just as Olympics’ light dimmed at the end of said decade, Hasaacas’ shone, culminating in a success to match local rivals Wise’s earlier feat.
Goldfields were, without doubt, the strongest of Ghanaian clubs when the nation’s first division officially turned professional, with the Aboakese picking three consecutive titles — the first club, in fact, outside the Kotoko-Hearts duopoly to claim the prize more than once on the bounce.
2009/10: ADUANA STARS
Aduana’s run to the Premier League title in 2010 was something of a freak show, as the Dormaa-based side had just been promoted to only their first season in Ghana’s elite championship. That they did so scoring a paltry 19 goals, breaking a chain of the crown having gone to either Kotoko or Hearts in each of the preceding 12 terms, was even more astonishing.
2010/11: BEREKUM CHELSEA
Aduana’s achievement may well have inspired the coronation of one more fresh champion in the very next campaign, with big-spending Berekum Chelsea striking gold, too.