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Talented Tema Youth still struggle

Moses Odjer. Nicholas Odjer. Joshua Oninku. These three players should usually make any Ghana Premier League tick enough to be in the top eight, but not Tema Youth.

The side have struggled this season so far. After the first round, they featured entertaining plays, but were frustrating in their conversions.

Currently 13th in the league, the southern Ghana team has won just three games from fifteen, drawing six and losing six. So what has been the problem?

Pundits have pointed to a lack of bite upfront as proof of the team's plight. There's also been the theory that since five of their players are out on national assignment, a vacuum has not been filled.

But the chief executive of the club disputes this. "We played well in the FA Cup on Saturday and I was impressed with the team's show," Henry Asante Twum says.

As they start a tough second round, it is not made any easier by the team Tema Youth play at home on Sunday - Medeama, the league leaders.

"When the second window was opened we brought in some new players because we knew we would lose some of our players to the national teams," he went on.

Moses Odjer, Joseph Larweh, Francis Narh, Jeremiah Arkoful and Francis Mensah are the ones who have left to serve the country, but Asante-Twum expressed the hope that his side "will fare very well in the absence of those players if everything goes as planned."

The league resumes this weekend, with two on Saturday. New Edubiase, sitting 11th on the standings are home against Berekum Arsenals.

Real Tamale United, bottom, hope for good luck this time as they play Amidaus Professionals at the Baba Yara Stadium.


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