The enthusiasm with which the chiefs and people of Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region as well as the teeming supporters of Aduana Stars received the club’s second Ghana Premier League title glory will forever go down in the annals of Ghanaian football record books.
Aduana, formed in 1985, gained promotion to the top flight during the 2009/2010 league season and made an instant impact, winning the league on their debut; they always finish as one of the top four clubs till they finally clinched the title again this year.
Aduana Stars, who respond to the appellation ‘Ogya’, which literally means Fire, fired their way to a successful campaign as they won their second league title after finishing tops on the league log with 57 points keeping an impressive record of 16 wins, nine draws and five losses.
A fortnight ago, the team and their technical handlers were officially crowned champions by the officials of the Ghana Football Association in front of hundreds of football fans and prominent personalities at a coronation ceremony after they defeated regional rivals Berekum Chelsea 2-1 in a ceremonial match.
Activities to mark the coronation
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Ahead of the grand coronation, the life patron and owner of the club, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, together with management, formed a six-member committee which was headed by the club’s Operations Manager George Gyewu as Chairman and Dennis Asamoah as Vice Chairman, to see to the effective organisation of the event.
As part of activities to mark the coronation, a street carnival and float was held on the eve of the all-important event at some principal streets of the Dormaa Ahenkro Township.
The carnival, which attracted a large crowd, mainly the youth, saw the revellers jamming to musician Patapaa’s popular track ‘One Corner’ and other hiplife songs till the wee hours of Sunday.
The jubilation continued immediately after the colourful presentation last Sunday as the merrymakers turned the event into a festival of music and dance.
Various food joints and drinking spots in the town were filled to capacity as sellers cashed in on the celebrants.
Popular restaurants, including Obaatampa, Supreme Gardens, Memories Pub, Palace Pub, Big Base and Freaky Pub had live band music on hand to keep the momentum with the charged fans totally engulfed in the emotions that came with the tag of champions.
The grand coronation
The historic occasion started with the triumphant arrival of the players who were elegantly dressed in their designer suits with hand bags to match. The stylish appearance of the league champions aroused thunderous cheers from the charged crowd increasing the already euphoric atmosphere at the park.
The event, which attracted traditional rulers, businessmen, ministers, parliamentarians and sports administrators saw students of the Dormaa Senior High School display a well-rehearsed cultural performance to wow the spectators.
The well-attended ceremony was characterised by pomp and circumstance as the life patron and bankroller of the club, Osaagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, who gave the event a royal touch with his presence, performed the kick-off for the ceremonial game which ended 2-1 in favour of the champions.
It was all joy as the players mounted the podium to lift the magnificent trophy and received a dummy cheque for the $30,000 cash prize after they were decorated with gold medals by officials of the Ghana Football Association.
The royal dinner
The Dormaa Traditional Council crowned the big day with a royal dinner at the Dormaa Palace to appreciate the players, technical handlers and management members for bringing honour to the Aduana Clan.
The event, which had Nana Adjemang Badu II and his wife gracing it, saw the Ghana Prisons Band churning out melodious tunes which kept majority of the participants on their feet most of the time.
To show appreciation for their efforts, the Dormaahene announced a GH¢100,000 and pieces of land at places of their choice
The players, including Emmanuel Akuoku, Godfred Saka, Derrick Sasraku, Joseph Addo, Bright Adjei, Daniel Darkwah, Zakaria Mumuni, Tijani Ahmed, Rashied Alhassan Michael Amenya, Wahab Adams, Noah Martey and Sam Adams and their handlers were each awarded with 32 inch TV sets.
The lavish dinner brought together high-profile personalities from security services, politics, sports fraternity, the media and others.
PLB’s involvement and contribution
The Premier League Board (PLB), organisers of the top flight, was very instrumental in the successful organisation of Aduana’s crowning as winners of the 2016/2017 league season.
As of Friday, November 3, members of the board, led by the Chairman, Ashford Tettey-Oku, arrived in Sunyani, the capital city of the Brong Ahafo Region, en route to Dormaa Ahenkro ahead of the coronation ceremony.
And in fulfillment of the adage ‘prior preparation prevents poor performance’, Mr Tettey-Oku and his entourage stormed the Nana Agyemang Badu II Park the following day to inspect and to ensure that the necessary arrangements at the venue were well executed for the all-important occasion.
Ahead of the inspection at the venue, the PLB team joined management and technical staff of the club to address the press at a short ceremony organised at the forecourt of the residence of the Queenmother, Nana Akosua Frema Dwarbeng II.