The first round of the Division Two League has come to an end, it was a thrilling start to the new season.
The league featured a mix of new and old entrants, and the competition was fierce from start to fin

The first round saw some exciting matches, surprising upsets, and standout performances from both teams and individual players.

One of the highlights of the first round was the impressive performance of the newly promoted clubs.

Despite being considered underdogs, they held their own against some of the more experienced teams in the league.
They showed great determination and skill, which made for some exciting matches.

One of the old clubs who changed management, Union Sportive Avranches FC, impressed everyone with their attacking style of play, scoring a total of 15 goals in the first round leading Zone 5 with a swooping 27points. They are the lead on the Zone 5 League table.

Another notable moment of the first round was the match between Progen FC, a newly promoted club and Mobile Phone People, a very experienced Division Two League club, which was played at Adjiringanor AstroTurf .

It was a tightly contested match which ended in a 2-2 draw. It was a game that kept the fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

Among other matches in the first round, this very match had the largest spectatorship.
Individual performances were also a highlight of the first round.

Solomon Antwi, the striker for Dansoman XI Wise , was in impressive form, scoring a total of 7goals with 3 MVP’s in the first round.
His skills and quick movement kept the opposition defense on their toes throughout the matches he played.

The first round also saw some surprising upsets. Best XI FC and Accra Athletic FC, who were the two favorites to play in last season’s Division 2 Middle League, have both maintained splendid performances. Accra Athletic FC’s Coach, Tony Lokko chalked the best coach for the month of January with an outstanding statistics of playing 4 matches, 4 wins, 0 Draw, Lost none, Scored 7 goals, Conceded 2 goals and accumulated 12 points and are first in Zone 1 League table at the end of the first round.

Best XI on the other hand, with their classic style of play, sits third on the league table in Zone 3.

In general the first round of the GARFA Division Two League witnessed 1,365 matches, having 21 players scoring 5goals, 31 players scoring 4 goals, 71 players scoring 3 goals, 118 players scoring 2 goals and 347 players scoring a cumulative lone goal.

An impressive 11 hat tricks were recorded, 1 haul (one person scoring 4 goals in one match) and a glut (one person scoring 5goals in one match) making the season highly competitive.

In conclusion, the first round of the Division Two League was a great start to the new season.

The newly promoted teams showed great promise, and the experienced teams gave a note-worthy performance, we can’t wait to see what the next round have in store for us.

The Stakeholders meeting which was held at the GHALCA Conference hall on March 16, 2023 to climax a review into the end of first round of Division Two League was a success.

The Safety and Security Chairperson, DCOP Lydia Donkor commended stakeholders for a splendid season devoid of hooligalism and assured them of her commitment to intensify security during round two of the league.

The Chairman for GARFA Referees Appointment Committee, Mr. Christian M. Achacha, addressed some concerns stakeholders had regarding laws of the game and officiating.
Disciplinary Committee member, Mr Sowah Ghartey, highlighted on some matters of concern with protest cases which had recurring nature and needed redress and also assured members of fair ruling on all protest cases.
The Regional Chairman, Mr Samuel Aboabire assured stakeholders of bringing to book any referee reported of fixing a match.
He admonished Club officials to also accept defeat and not to become bad losers by blaming referees for every loss.


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