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GPL Week 5: Karela on top; Kotoko get first win

Karela, Kotoko and Hearts secure wins; Legon Cities need patching up and Bashir Hayford could be the right man for it.

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Match week 5 of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season ended with Accra Hearts of Oak securing a 3-0 victory over Dreams FC at the Accra Sports Stadium to lift them up to eight on the Ghana Premier League table.

The Phobians were yet to record a win in the League after 4 games, but their resounding victory over Dreams FC made it Costa Papic’s first win for the Phobians and the club’s first in the campaign.

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In terms of wins in week 5, Accra Hearts had company with their arch rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko also securing their first win of the campaign after three games. There were also wins for Karela FC and Ashanti Gold, who played out a thriller against Elmina Sharks at the Len Clay Sports Stadium.

But what are the talking points arising from the Match week 5 fixtures of the new Ghana Premier League season? We take a look!

Match week 5 talking points

Karela will take some stopping

Karela United might not have been the title favorite of many pundits heading into the new Ghana Premier League campaign, but they have placed themselves right in the mix after week 5.

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They have not lost a game in 5 fixtures, having won 3 and drawn one. Only Kumasi Asante Kotoko can boast of such feat although the Porcupine warriors have played just three games in the season due to their involvement in the CAF Champions League.

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Karela FC players warming up ahead of their week 5 fixture against Dreams FC.

More impressively, the western region based side have the best goal difference in the league showing the strong balance they have in their team. They have scored 7 goals and conceded 3 so far in this campaign.

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In fact their goalscoring record is only bettered by WAFA and Ashanti gold who have 8 goals each, while Asante Kotoko and Bechem United are the only clubs to have conceded less than Karela FC.

It is certainly early days yet, but after week 5, Karela have shown that it will take some incredible performance for them to be stopped.

Kotoko: Never mind the one goal project; win secured 

Kumasi Asante Kotoko for the third consecutive game of the season scored just a goal, but it was enough this time to secure a win for them at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Maxwell Konadu’s men have previously struggled to hang on to their leads or add to their tally and notably dropped two points against Berekum Chelsea after conceding in the stoppage time of the game through a Emmanuel Clottey free-kick.

They were better this time, however, as they denied Asamoah Gyan and his Legon Cities teammates from  securing their equalizer. The victory means that they have now moved up to 9th on the table with 5 points after three games played.

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Fatau Dauda was named Man of the match but was unable to keep a clean sheet for his club

But the Porcupine Warriors will go level on points with Karela FC on top of the pile if they are able to win their two outstanding fixtures against Accra Great Olympics and Medeama SC on December 17, 2020 and December 27, 2020 respectively.

Bashir Hayford has got some fixing to do!

The loss against Kotoko was the second Legon Cities have recorded this season alongside three draws which leaves them with just three points after 5 games and at the bottom of the League table.

It is not the kind of performance and results that the club faithfuls and the management were expecting especially after the massive recruitment they did.

But, of course, it is because of such poor results and performances that former Asante Kotoko and Medeama SC coach, Bashir Hayford, has been appointed as the Head Coach of the club and the gaffer has immediately identified what needs to be fixed in order for the club to start picking up wins.

After the game against Asante Kotoko, Bashir Hayford emphasised the need for his players to work harder and even more so for Asamoah whom the coach believes is in no form at all.

Asamoah Gyan if he even have 50% of his form, it wouldn’t have been a problem but his form is completely down… We have to work on him…If he picks up 50% of his performance he will make the difference.” Bashir Hayford boldly declared.

With his stellar reputation in Ghana football, it remains to be seen how well and quickly Hayford can get things patched up at Legon Cities.

Match week 5 results 

Below are the results from week 5 of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season.

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