It was a match to watch at the Ho Sports Stadium on Saturday, February 17, 2017. Stars of Asha male exhibited class and consistency in their (35-30) week 6 outstanding match against Ho technical University.
The match which begun on a rather careful note saw the first goal from SOA after 4 minutes of play. 8 minutes on, it was 4 all, with HTU showing resilience at the back and swift attacking play. They, however, lost 2 penalties to lead comfortably after SOA had 2 men down through a red card and 2 minutes.
Their telepathy after a Time outshot them into the lead till 12-11, when SOA took over to lead 19-12 to wrap up the first quarter.
The second quarter had SOA continuing with their excellent passing movements and banging in more goals. HTU who were showing signs of fatigue, allowed their nemesis to make use of every opportunity, with most goals coming from Dennis Eli Osei and Frimpong Appiah Francis.
SOA was not only solid in attack but also had a fantastic goalkeeper, who saved most shots from HTU. Denu Kennedy’s agility in the post ensured, HTU couldn’t win or even drew the game as they came back into the game again strongly.
Ho Technical University on the day had a good game but couldn’t take revenge on SOA, as it ended 35-30.
Coach of HTU, Freeman Azumah attributed their loss to lack of stamina.
“The students reported some few weeks back and we couldn’t have enough training so stamina is our problem. You could see we were playing very well as you stated but along the way, we lost control due to stamina. I have realized that our opponents have gone through a lot of training, so they defeated us on stamina basis. Also, we were slow to recovery whenever we lose the ball. We will go back to the drawing board and correct our mistakes and in our next match, we hope to win.”
Meanwhile Head Coach of Stars of Asha, Ben Kwaku told Herosportsgh.com they intentionally gave HTU the chance to take the lead, citing no motivation for the win.
“For this particular game we planned to win and we’re prepared to win, so there is no special motivation. I just want HTU to have space forward so that when I take over from them, I won’t give them the chance till I win. My players were too hot to win the game because of previous actions, so l learnt to calm the player down when the pressure is like that. As experienced, you check it off and you go, that is the only rhythm. If you pressure the people off, you are on.”
These two sides will have another battle for the return leg and that also promises to be tough as well.
The female game between SOA and Mawuli had to be postponed as the latter travelled for a friendly match with a sister school towards the upcoming Inter School Sports Festival. The league still has 4 outstanding matches, with Prosco and Stars of Asha having 2 each.
The second ever Regional Handball league which draws closer to an end, has drawn a lot of attention and interest across the region.
However, sponsorships are still being worked on, with the league to bounce back next week.