Amidaus Professionals - Best club of the first round of the Ghana Premier League

The 2012-2013 Glo Premier League in Ghana ended halfway last weekend and’s Umar-Farouk Atipaga picks Amidaus Professionals as the best team
 Umar-Farouk Atipaga
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The first round of the 2012-2013 domestic top flight has produced a lot of talking points. We cannot forget about the coaching casualties which affected the likes of C.K Akunnor (Accra Hearts of Oak), Yaw Acheampong (Ashgold) as well as Steven Abugri and Malam Yahaya (King Faisal).

The poor campaign of Accra Hearts of Oak, the unpaid allowances of referees from week 6-15, the signings made prior to the season and RTU’s run in the first round without a victory are a few things to highlight.

However, we cannot review the round without putting the spotlight on the best team at the end of the first round and that is certainly Amidaus Professionals.

The team was just promoted and among the 16 clubs, they are the only new face in the Ghanaian top
"We cannot forget about the coaching casualties which affected the likes of C.K Akunnor (Accra Hearts of Oak) "
flight. But the Tema-based club played out the 15 matches without showing any signs of being debutants. Prior to the commencement of the league, they had already attracted some media attention after kicking out giants Kumasi Asante Kotoko from the 2011-2012 MTN FA Cup.

Even before the league started, their coach Tony Lokko was on the radar of former Ghanaian champions, Berekum Chelsea but he insisted he had an unfinished business with Amidaus, therefore he was not prepared to leave. Perhaps the performance of his side at the end of the first round goes a long way to support his stance.

Amidaus lie fifth in the log at the end of the first round with 24 points, same points with fourth placed Ashgold and six points behind leaders Medeama SC. The signing of Yahaya Mohammed from Kotoko for a one-year loan stint proved a perfect decision. The defensive midfielder was converted into a supporting striker and finished the first round with 10 goals in 14 matches. The top scorer was named in Ghana’s provisional 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad and was a sure bet for the final list but for his injury in a Week-14 fixture.

Amidaus have been able to create problems for all the big teams in the Glo premier league. They drew with defending champions Kotoko in Kumasi and also drew with Accra Hearts of Oak. Coach Lokko’s men also managed a draw with leaders Medeama SC in an away match. They beat Ebusua Dwarfs and Berekum Chelsea both in away matches.

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Real Tamale United might have gone through the first round without a victory but all the big sides struggled to beat them including Ashgold, Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Berekum Chelsea. Amidaus did not only beat them, but tore them into pieces even without Mohammed after recording a 4-0 win in the Week-15 fixture. If Amidaus are able to maintain the momentum in the second round, then they will certainly be on their way to finish in the top four or annex the trophy.