GHALCA G8: What the coaches said after Match Week 1

Monday 8th January , 2018 10:54 am
(From left: Steve Polack, Yusif Abubakar, Bashir Hayford, Frank Nuttal)
(From left: Steve Polack, Yusif Abubakar, Bashir Hayford, Frank Nuttal)

After four opening matches  in the two groups and 14 goals, the coaches handling the teams in the GHALCA G8 Tournament shared their thoughts on how their teams fared.

Hearts, Asante Kotoko, Medeama and Aduana Stars all picked up wins on the opening day.

Group A

Aduana 1-0 Dreams FC: Fataw Abdulraman’s first half strike was enough to give the defending league champions all three points against newly promoted Dreams FC.

Aduana Head Coach Yusif Abubakar attributed the victory to experience while his opposite number Karim Zito blamed lack of concentration for the goal that undid them.

Aduana Stars head coach, Yusif Abubakar: “It wasn’t easy because the first match of every preseason tournament is always like this. The fitness levels of the players are always high, even if you’re paired against a lower division side. So we knew it was going to be a difficult game, so we had to rely on our experience to see us through.”

Dreams FC head coach, Karim Zito: “We were not outplayed, however we lot because of lack of concentration. The goal we conceded was a very preventable goal, and we conceded it because of the lack of balance in our team. I was impressed with our performance. We were beaten but not disgraced.”

Asante Kotoko 1-0 Techiman Eleven Wonders: The Porcupine Warriors began the tournament on a winning note thanks to Obed Owusu’s coolly converted penalty.

Polack admits the opponents had the better chances in the first half but says his side grew into the game in the second.

Asante Kotoko Steve Polack: “It was a typical preseason game and it’ll take time for the players to reach top form. We have to admit that Techiman had the better chances in the first half, but they failed to put them away. Second half we had a penalty and scored. From where I was sitting it was the right decision. We played better in the second and I am impressed with our overall display on the day.”

Group B

Hearts 1-0 Karela: Midfielder Isaac Mensah rose high in the first half to head home the winner for the Phobians in their opening game against Karela United.

Scotsman Frank Nuttal had some advice for the groundsmen at the Cape Coast stadium after his side’s victory.

Hearts of Oak head coach Frank Nuttal: “The game could’ve been better in terms of intensity especially if the pitch was better. We played well and got the win, but the performances will be better with time. I spoke to the officials and asked them to cut the grass before the game, but they obviously didn’t listen. Football in Ghana will never improve if people don’t listen.”

Medeama 6-5 Dwarfs: Medeama captain Tetteh Zutah scored what ended up as the winner for Medeama  who came back from 3-1 down to beat Dwarfs 6-5 in an epic encounter at the Cape Coast stadium.

Bashir Hayford blamed the defeat on the unavailability of his first choice goalkeeper who was held up due military commitments, while Medeama Head Coach Samuel Boadu described himself as a lion after his side’s miraculous comeback.

Medeama Sporting Club head coach Samuel Boadu: “I took the team just three weeks ago but I knew they had fully grasped what I had imparted on them. I know I am going to have a good team because in my game I am like a lion.”

Dwarfs head coach Bashir Hayford: “I enjoyed the game so much, because hardly do you see that goals flow from a game like water in a pipeline, and this shows positivity from both sides. Our first team keeper was held up due to his involvement with the military and the one who featured has been off for a long time, hence his many mistakes.”

Match day two of the GHALCA G8 tournament will take place on Wednesday.




By: Daniel Koranteng/