Tuesday, May 18, 2010


After a two year drought of elite football in Sunyani, B.A Stars became the last team to qualify from the national middle league after a 1-1 draw Zone One final match at the Baba Yara Stadium last Sunday.
United, who were six points before the match, needed a draw to qualify while, Bechem United on four points, were looking for a win to make it to the elite division.
And when Bechem United, playing with 10 men, took the lead on the 55th minute, it appeared they were in to cause an upset until the equaliser came with just five minutes to end the game.
It was all joy for the hundreds of fans who travelled from Sunyani to watch their team qualify for the Premier League next season.
From club president, Tony Bennet to management member, George Arthur, down to the ordinary supporter, the qualification of B.A. Star was perhaps one of the best things have happened to the Sunyani municipality in recent times.
But it was a difficult match for B.A Stars as Bechem United took the game to them for the greater part of the proceedings.
Disaster however, struck Bechem United just before half time when their hardworking Nigerian midfielder, Ukpajo Ijimola was shown the red card by referee Cecil Fletcher for a savage tackle on an opponent.
That never troubled his side who dug deep into their reserves to clinch the leader after 55 minutes.
B. A stars however, pulled the equaliser on the 85th minute through a penalty converted by Ishmeal Adams.

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