Inter Allies made a bright start to their 2017/18 Ghana Premier League campaign with an emphatic 3-0 win over Bechem United at the Tema Sports Stadium on Saturday.
The overwhelming victory will go down as the club’s biggest on opening day in the Ghana top flight. Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi’s team on league opening weekend had as much as 8 debutants in the side.
Nigerien import, Victorein Adebayor who is part of the long list of debutants scored a brace in the rout and become an instant fans favorite with his top performance.
Generally, all the debutants were impressive and contributed to a good team display. Here is a quick assessment of the debutants;
Victorien Adebayor: The WAFU star did not disappoint and undoubtedly was the star of the show. He was unplayable on the day and continuously terrorized the Bechem defense. The Nigerien remained a threat throughout the 90 minutes and had the fans singing his name from start to finish. He scored two brilliant goals and deservedly won the NASCO Man of the Match award.
Fuseini Mohammed: The right back started in place of the injured Paul Abanga and put up a disciplined showing. Fuseini was solid at the back and in his tackles. He made a foray into the opposition half to deliver timely crosses and was good in his interceptions during Bechem’s attacks. We such a promising performance, he will offer options to the technical team in defense. He was promoted from the feeder side, Cedar Stars Academy.
Richard Antwi: Richard came off the bench in the second half to replace Fard Ibrahim who picked up a caution for a bad tackle. His composure at the back was crucial as the team held on to keep a clean sheet on the opening day weekend. The former Liberty man who is relatively experienced will be crucial as the season progresses.
Michel Otou: Without any premier league experience, Michel looked very combative and also creative in deep midfield for the side on his debut. He joined the team from division one side Unistars Academy and instantly made huge impressions with his commanding display in central midfield position both defensively and in offense.
Richmond Lamptey: Joining from WAFA, there were high expectations for Richmond and he didn’t disappoint. He was involved in most of the team’s offensive play and registered a good number of shots at goal from open play and set pieces. The highlight of his game was delivering the assist that brought in the opening goal to give the lads a much needed confidence boast for the overwhelming victory.
George Amonoo: The Cedar Star Academy trainee was a surprise starter but he proved he deserved his place in the team with a good showing. The winger made good runs at the opposition and decent efforts at goal. He was a constant threat as the game progressed and very composed on his debut. Had a good chance to record a goal but was indecisive, he chose an acrobatic effort which went wayward. He was replaced after 75mins of action.
Bernard Quarcoo: Another Cedar Stars Academy trainee, he came on in the final 15 minutes of the game and didn’t have enough time to make an impact as the game was done and dusted. He will be happy with a team win on his debut.
Samuel Armah: Samuel could not produce his off-season form that saw him record impressive performances and goals. He started in the center forward role and his confidence might have been affected by some harsh tackles he suffered early in the game. Despite constantly switching positions, he failed to threaten the opposition and was hauled off at the break. His replacement Dan Amanfo got the opening goal of the game.