Wa All Stars face Aduana Stars on Wednesday in a top-of-the-table clash which could ultimately crown the 2016 Ghana Premier League champions.
Back in February when the pair met for the first time this term, it didn’t appear these clubs could eventually become frontrunners — the only real contenders at this point, really — in pursuit of glory.
Well, All Stars (who won that particular contest at Dormaa for their second win from two games at the dawn of the campaign) did look the part, but even the Northern Blues’ biggest fans couldn’t have predicted the season would go so well. For Aduana, currently second on the log, it seemed far less probable. The club didn’t pick a point from a game till their fourth fixture and even parted with their head coach at a point when matching — even bettering — the runner-up finish from last year looked very unlikely.
Two match-days to the end of the season, the Stars’ paths cross again, this time in the northern city of Wa, with the odds heavily in favour of the hosts. Leaders All Stars have a slight edge over Aduana courtesy their superiority on the all-important head-to-head rule, an advantage the former would seek to make even firmer — firm enough to land them the title, in fact — playing at a venue they haven’t lost at all season against an opponent that hasn’t had much fun on the road. Any outcome but a win for All Stars would set up the kind of nail-biting finale romantics and neutrals would relish but which fans of either side would rather not experience.
Whoever wins (between two sides tied on every significant statistic but goals), though, would be deserving, wouldn’t they?
Aduana have their sights on a second title armed with a ‘goals scored’ figure (by far the best in the league) worthier of a champion than the tally which marked their previous conquest and, after a slow start, are hopeful of a rousing climax, while All Stars aren’t where they are by chance and would be seeking to ease across the finish line after dealing with the Aduana threat.
Seat-belts, guys. It’s going down.