Just a season ago, they outclassed, outmuscled and outscored their competitors to win the coveted Ghanaian Premier League- their first since 1997. The city of Obuasi and Adansiman at large was thrown into a state of frenzy and merry making. There was an air of forced gaiety among the followers of the club who showered praises on their heroes and prayed for more successes in the years ahead. The club was tasked to replicate their fine form in Africa as representative of the country in the CAF Champions League.
Fast forward to today things have changed, it may surreal but the reality is Ashantigold FC is having a torrid start to their title defence campaign. The ‘Miners’ finds themselves lying 10TH on the league log with 10 points with 8 matches played, winning one, drawing four and losing one. They were eliminated out of the African club competition by an Algerian side at the preliminary stage. This unpleasant situation has stirred the spirit of the supporters who are looking for answers to the downward spiral of their beloved club. The club has lost its spark and shine that made it a force to reckon with last season.
Even though star performers like Bernard Morrison and Yakubu Mohammed were permitted to seek for greener pastures elsewhere, the core of the team is still available. Twin predators, Alhassan and Fuseini Nuhu were brought in to replace the duo. The blend of the experienced players like Fatau Dauda, Robert Dabuo,Eric Opoku coupled with the tenacity of Emmanuel Osei Baffour, Emmanuel Osei, Hudu Yakubu just to mention but a few, the club is still struggling to rub shoulders with the other clubs making their quest of retaining the championship tumultuous. No one seems to know what could have gone amiss.
On the general, the club has put in a lackluster performance. The players look diffident and the tactical nous of Head Coach Bashir Hayford is being questioned. Their Public Relations Officer resigned days ago and many others are expected to follow suit in the coming days if the situation does not change.
It is time for the upper echelons of the club to strategically get the club back to winning ways and bring smiles back to the faces of their followers if they still harbor thoughts of retaining the championship. Hope is not lost but it surely is diminishing.