Ghana DOL Zone 1 Week 13 Review: Crocodile Stars and Wa Suntaa winless run continues, RTU drop points in local derby, Kintampo FC’s revival surges on as Berekum Arsenal jump top of Zone 1

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Steadfast FC Warm-up
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It was just simply an eventful weekend of football in the Zone One of the Division One League. Goals, defeats – painful ones – comebacks and Derby troubles as teams battle for qualification to the Premier League next season.

B.A. United vs Crocodile Stars

Paga Crocodile have now gone six matches without a win in the Division One League after they lost 2-0 away to B. A United at the Sunyani Coronation Park.

The Boarder based side have not won a game since defeating at home to RTU on match-day six, and they have since recorded one draw and six defeats.

Any hope of ending the unimpressive run on match day thirteen was frustrated by The Apostles of Ghana Football, B. A United as goals from Cato Oddrisu and Sadam Dauda got them to winning ways.

Berekum Arsenal vs Mighty Royals

Ansu Kofi Patrick’s 8th goal of the season ensured Berekum Arsenal secured a 1-0 win over Mighty Royals at the Nana Jabua Park.

Royals headed into the game unbeaten in their previous four league games against, but they fell behind inside the first half when Patrick scored from 6 yards.

The former Ghana Premier side held on to deny Mighty Royals a win on a neutral ground after the Football Association asked Berekum Arsenal to honor the their week 13 home game at Dormaa. Berekum Arsenal are just a point ahead of second placed Steadfast. Mighty Royals however drop to 6th place, four adrift of top spot.

Steadfast vs RTU

Real Tamale United dropped points against Steadfast on Sunday as they surrounded top spot in the ongoing Division One League in a 1-0 defeat to Steadfast at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium.

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Sunday’s game was the second time RTU have lost to City rivals after first losing to Tamale City in week 5.

The result means Coach Ibrahim Tanko’s side nudge themselves into fourth place on goal difference, ahead of Tamale City City who beat Gbewaa FC 1-0 on Saturday in another local derby.

“Of course we are still in the qualification mood” coach Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko said after the game. “We have to go again and win the next one against Gbewaa FC

“We created a lot of chances — enough to win the game, but I observed my boys were overwhelmed by their previous performances so underrated their opponents” he continued.

Steadfast stunned the visitors in the opening 34 minutes when Abu Abdullah powered in a drive inside the 18 of RTU to beat RTU for the first time under head coach Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko.

Bofoakwa Tano vs Wa Suntaa

Bofoakwa Tano’s charge towards automatic promotion continued with a convincing 1-0 win over Wa based side Suntaa at the Coronation Park in Sunyani on Saturday.

A second half goal from Sammy Osei Akoto saw the Hunters tighten their grip on the chase for the only ticket in Zone 1 and remain third a point adrift of top spot.

Like their Northern Brothers, Crocodile Stars, Suntaa have also gone five matches without a win and therefore dropped to 13th with 12 points.

Kintampo FC vs Nsoatreman FC

A remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Kintampo FC’s revival continues as they delivered an impeccable performance to move 3 points clear of Unity in the bottom three and secure a third victory in their last four games.

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Danaa Blessing’s first-ever Zone 1 hat trick this season was enough to claim a memorable 4-0 win over Nsoatreman FC – arguably the club’s best victory since the start of the season.

It sums up a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the home side , who appeared to be floundering in their attempts to move away from the Zone 1 relegation battle not so long ago.

In other Zone 1 results, Tamale City labored to a 1-0 victory over relegation threaten Gbewaa FC in a local derby while Techiman City accounted for Nkoranza Warriors. Unity FC and Young Apostles shared the spoils in a four goal thriller at the Nana Osei Kofi Abiri Park in Kenyansi.

By: Sey Mubarick

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