The First Trust G6 tournament brought smiles on the faces of Ghanaians since there are no competitive matches in the country.
The start of our league is now known, February 20. But at the time, there was an informational vacuum forfootball fans as well as the GFA therefore the tournament represented a good platform for supporters to see their beloved teams in action.
The eagerness and readiness for the tournament was there for everyone to see. Teams like Ashgold who will be representing the nation in the upcoming CAF Champions League and Medeama Sporting Club who will also represent the nation in the CAF Confederations took it seriously.
The two biggest clubs in Ghana, Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak used the tournament to assess their current cropof players for the upcoming league. For Kenichi, this will be a learning curve for him to know more about our league. Teams who participated had high hopes and wanted to use this as a stepping stone to win over their doubters.
The matches were shown live on some TV stations and this reignited the good old days when the premier league was so popular in the country. Supporters who couldnt be at the stadium to cheer their teams to victory were able to sit at the comfort of their homes to watch the games.
The standard in our league is nothing to write home about and it's sad. When a football nation like Ghana, that hasproduced world class players such as Odartey Lamptey, Abedi Ayew Pele, Mohammed Polo and others cannot compare its league with other nations in the sub-region.
The just ended Ghalca G6 was competitive as compared with previous years. Albert Commey, Aduana Stars Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says that the standard in the competition will be replicated in the upcoming league.
He said: In terms of the standard of play, I will admit I was shocked because you cant underrate any of the six teams that played in the tournament. They were very good and I say it is a replica of what will happen in the league when it starts."
If someone says the matches were easy then it means that person wasnt there and if you were present at the stadium and watching the kind of quality of football being displayed by the clubs, you will attest that the standard was very high. The kind of tactics the coaches displayed showed strength in defense midfield and attack each team and it was very good.
Kotoko won most of the awards in the tournament. Kwame Boateng was adjudged the Best Player and top scorer with two goals. Eric Ofori Antwi was named the Best Goalkeeper and new signing Bennet Ofori was awarded discovery of the tournament. Aduana Stars' center back Yakubu Mohammed was crown Best Defender of the tournament. It was a successful tournament organized and we hope it can raise the standard in the league.
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