Shaban Mohammed writes: Focusing on Statistics to Promote Ghana Premier League

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Statistics has really helped me to understand the Ghana Premier League from coaching, officiating and the players.

Listening to commentary years ago, the focus on Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko and other key players in the league. But the story has changed now because you can be playing for Aduana FC, Berekum Chelsea, Accra Lions etc and still make name for yourself.

Am very happy and super proud that I can even go through my data and confirm the number of games the referees have officiated, total number of red cards, penalties won, the best coach (Home and Away) and other related details. Indeed we will get better when I continue for the next 10 years.

Referee Selorm Yao Bless together with Daniel Laryea officiated the most games last season and he is still leading the stats with the most games officiated after week 20 with Arthur Forson. Without Stats we could focus on the popular referees and neglect the efforts of young officiating officials.

I also remember that last season even when people thought Diawisie Taylor was the best striker my data revealed that Kwame Peprah of King Faisal was involved in most goals in the league. Yes it’s making impact, data also says that Dennis Korsah who was then playing for Ebusua Dwarfs was the best left back because of his numbers whiles the population also had their favourite.

Today, you can be bold and name the top five goalkeepers in Ghana due to the data available. Usually the focus could have been on the popular shot stoppers playing for the big clubs but you can boldly say Obeng Sekyere Gregory of Berekum Chelsea, Abdulai Iddrisu (Bechem) , Boris Mandjui ( Medeama), Felix Kyei (Karela)and others are doing very well.

Can’t even talk about all the areas because it’s more and very deep. Coaches and others are all benefiting from the data.

We now know the number of games played and goals scored with the number of assists available after every match Day. This is a blessing to our Premier League

Let’s encourage Statistics, it’s a way to grow our football.

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