Football is the most watched sport in the world, in many countries across the globe it ranks as number one amongst all sports. Especially on the continent of Africa, which includes Ghana. The patronisers of football might have their own reasons why they enjoy the heartbeat of sports, but the undeniable entertainment at the end of 90 minutes is the art of goal scoring.
Goal scoring is the most important element in the game of football. No wonder the names of attackers or goal scorers are always in the limelight. It’s against the backdrop that I throw the spotlight on the most potent attacker in the just ended 2016/2017 Premier League – Hans Kwofie.
The 2016/17 season of the Ghana Premier League ended on Sunday 22nd October, as coincidentally the three clubs that got promoted for this season were sent packing back to Division One.
From bribery allegations, gambling, poor officiating to delayed salaries and winning bonuses, this year’s league has not been short of drama and suspense.
Yet the most captivating amongst them all was the race for the ‘goal king’ award. Since Emmanuel Baffour (21 goals) in the 2011/12 season, no top scorer in the Premier League has surpassed the 20 plus goals. The closest was Mahatma Otoo, who racked up 20 goals in the 2012/13 season.
Last season’s top scorer, Latif Blessing, who currently plies his trade for Sporting Kansas City in the United States of America, scored 17 goals to steer Liberty off the relegation zone.
As if it was scripted on paper, Hans Kwofie repeated the same feat as he scored the same number of goals as his predecessor to maintain Ashgold’s status as a Premiership club.
At the end of match day two, Hans Kwofie shot to the summit of the chart with a hat trick against Accra Great Olympics as the Obuasi-based club’s dip in form coincided with the barren run of form for the attacker.
The Tarkwa-born midfielder regained his goal scoring form on match day 17 as his side breezed past Ebusua Dwarfs in a 3-0 rout. He increased his tally to six goals for the season when Inter Allies visited Obuasi on match day 19 as he grabbed a brace for himself.
As at match day 21, Hans Kwofie was on seven goals behind Thomas Abbey, Ahmed Toure et al in the race to the goal king award. At the tail end of the season, Kwofie entered into a different realm of goal scoring form which seemed surreal especially from a player who was not an out-and-out striker.
With five games to end the season, Kwofie achieved a feat that could only be matched by Ronaldo and Messi. He scored a total of 10 goals to save the blushes of Ashgold, with an average of two goals per game in his last five.
The midfielder’s numbers in the final five games of the season was reminiscent of the same tally achieved by Ronaldo in the last five games of the UEFA Champions League last season.
Prior to the quarterfinals of the 2016/17 Champions League, the Portuguese captain had two goals whereas his archival Messi, was in a comfortable position with 11 goals.
The 5-time World Best player scored in rampant succession to surpass his nemesis by a goal on the top scorers chart. He started with five goals (two in the 1st leg and a hat-trick in the return leg) against Bayern Munich, the Madrid star maintained his good run of form in front of goal with a hat-trick against 2015/16 finalists, Atletico Madrid and capped off a spectacular end to the season with two goals in the finals against Juventus as Real Madrid clinched their 12th Champions league title with a 4-1 win.
Kwofie drew inspiration from the former Manchester United forward with a quadruplet of goals against former league champions Berekum Chelsea to kick start his impressive potency in front of goal. He further added a solitary goal to his tally against Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
He repeated the dose he gave to the Porcupine Warriors against the beleaguered Tema Youth and remarkably scored 4 goals against league champions Aduana Stars on match day 30 to cap off an incredible if not strange end to the season.
Astonishingly, it took Hans Kwofie just 8 games to attain those mind blowing goal scoring feat. Out of the 17 goals he scored, 94.12% were scored at the Len Clay stadium with only one coming against regional rivals Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports stadium.
On his route to becoming the most prolific player at the end of the season, the former Medeama star became the first player in the Ghana Premier League to score a hat-trick and two quadruples in a single season.
The previous record in the Ghanaian top flight was held by former Hearts of Oak marksman Ishmael Addo, who scored a brace and a quadruple in a season.
By: Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe/Focufmonline.com