The Ghana women’s Premier League kicks off this weekend with sixteen teams geared up for action in the Northern and Southern Zone. With lots of expectations been swirling around the grounds in anticipation, here is a quick preview of the Northern and Southern Zone.
Kumasi Sports Academy vs Ampem Darkoa Ladies
The Zone is set to witness a crunch opening fixture when Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies host Ampem Darkoa ladies at the Ejisu Community Park in Kumasi.
The last time these two sides met, goals from Joyce Larbi and Patience Biamah saw them splitting points. The home side, “KUSA ladies” will miss the services of their then poster girl, El-Shaddai Acheampong who has switched camp to Police Ladies in the Southern Sector.
Equally, coach Nana Adarkwa has an undaunting task as he prepares to introduce a much younger side blend with a handful of experienced players on the day. Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah remains a key figure and looks to continue her fine goal scoring form for Ampem Darkoa Ladies.
Prisons Ladies vs Supreme Ladies
If history is anything to go by, it should be raining goals in the fixture between Prisons Ladies and Supreme Ladies at the Sunyani Coronation Park.
Prisons Ladies arguably has one the most experienced squads in the competition with Juliet Acheampong in the heart of midfield and Azume Adams in post. A thin light of hope hangs around Coach Joyce Boaitey’s Supreme Ladies as top striker Sandra Owusu Ansah makes a return to the league after some few years of absence following her exploits outside the shores of Ghana.
It is wildly believed that her presence could solve part of the mystery surrounding the team’s consistent failure to impress in the women’s league.
Ashtown Ladies vs Northern Ladies
Ashtown Ladies boss Alex Kamara will be hoping to get a full complement of his squad after the long break in the bid to overturn his side’s unimpressive performance in the previous season.
Midfield gem Grace Acheampong is expected to partner with Joyce Antwiwaa Fenteng. Northern Ladies, the away side have had a decent record against Ashtown Ladies with the biggest win being a 6-0 walloping in the 2019/20 season.
Rahama Jafar, the goal orchestrator for Northern Ladies looks even more lethal and poised for action while her compatriot and captain, Doris Akaheeh Afafa is raring to get the new campaign underway.
Pearl Pia Ladies vs Fabulous Ladies
Home advantage could play in favor of Pearl Pia Ladies on match day 1 as they welcome Fabulous Ladies to the Tamale Utrecht park.
‘‘The soccer ladies’’ have been busy on the market making some key additions to their squad ahead of the season with the return of Alice Kusi after her exploits on the international front.
Pearl Pia have lost Barikisu Abdul Rahman to injury, but Coach Baba Nuhu is optimistic about his side’s chances in the opening game at home. Black Maidens captain, Basira Alhassan has the singular task of leading the team to victory in the first game and beyond.
Sea Lions vs Soccer Intellectuals
There are some exciting games to look ahead to in the Southern zone as eight familiar clubs began the race for superiority throughout the season.
Soccer intellectuals Ladies had a flamboyant start in the previous season and enjoyed some great spells for 5 successive weeks as table toppers. A repetition of match day two in the previous season is eminent as Soccer Intellectuals welcome Sea Lions to the Adu Yaw Asassan Park in Ajumako.
A Linda Addai strike gave the host all 3 points in that crunch regional derby. The host have the same squad except for the appointment of Ali Yakubu as head Coach, replacing Selassie Pentem. They boast of one of the experienced sides in the League. Mary Essiful, Linda Amoako and goalkeeper Selina Abalansa.
It does not look different on the other side as Elmina- based Sea Lions Ladies have also replaced Coach Bernard Frans with Maapa Inkoom a coach virtually new to the Women’s game.
He believes the times spent with the team during pre-season has offered him enough insight and ready for the task ahead. Elizabeth Owusua, Theresa Ackon and others will be pivotal for Sea Lions in this season’s campaign.
Berry Ladies vs Immigrations Ladies
With a new wave of management style, Berry Ladies, formerly called Halifax Ladies, will be looking to transcend their flamboyance into the season.
They have a date against Immigrations Ladies. For Berry Ladies, much will be expected of new signings Nagbekan N-Nyanyimaya, Victoria Osei, Philomena Abakah and Thelma Baffour Atuah who are yet to taste premiership football under astute coach Mercy Tagoe- Quarcoo. Both teams shared the spoil on match day 6 last season in a game that produced 6 goals.
Faustina Kyereme grabbed a brace and Linda Aba Mensah added one while Priscilla Lartey, Deborah McCarthy and Ernestina Tetteh came through for Berry Ladies. Immigration Ladies will rely heavily on the exploits of goalkeeper Patricia Mantey and Faustina Kyereme upfront.
Thunder Queens vs Police Ladies
Edna Quagraine will on Sunday, take charge of Thunder Queens for the first time this season as she plays away to Police Ladies on match day one.
The Queens have lost Jennifer Owusuaa who came in last season on loan from Ampem Darkoa Ladies. Salma Sai Jaibril and Elizabeth Oppong are largely tipped to explode for Thunder Queens although encounters between the two teams have mostly gone in favor of Police Ladies.
The home side led by Coach Franklin Oswald Sam might present a familiar squad except for El-Shaddai Acheampong a new addition from Kumasi Sports Academy.
Juanita Aguadze, Ruth Appiah, Deborah Afriyie, Susanna Fakyewaa and Grace Animah are ready to light up the McDan La Town Park on Sunday with some scintillating display of football.
Lady Strikers vs Hasaacas Ladies
Last season, Lady Strikers recoded their biggest defeat on the road to Hasaacas Ladies in a 9-0 thumping on match day 3.
Coach Rashid Iddi’s side lack quality preparation before the start of last season and that affected their performance in the first round of the 2019/2020 season that got cancelled.
Ellen Coleman, Suzzy Dede Teye and Gladys Amfobea will lead the redemption mission this time on match day 1 against a familiar foe.
Hasaacas Ladies although have all the qualities to topple their opponents. The likes of Janet Egyir and Linda Eshun will be rock solid in defense while rampant Milot Abena Pokuaa and Doris Boaduwaa take charge of the attacking duties for the ‘dooo ladies’.