The betPawa Premier League enters Matchday 3 this weekend with two games put on hold due to the CAF Inter Club competitions. Champions Medeama SC and FA Cup holders Drams FC have travelled to Guinea and Liberia - in search of a spot in the group stage of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League League and Confederation Cup. Both sides are one step away from making an historic group stage appearance in the Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively.
The betPawa Premier League games begin on Friday, September 29 at the Golden City Park in Berekum where Chelsea takes on Accra Lions. The hosts - Berekum Chelsea are raring for their second win of the campaign after losing 3-1 to Karela United at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium on Matchday two. The Barberries come up against an Accra Lions side that has yet to lose a game in the ongoing season.
Accra Lions are among the four unbeaten sides in the league after drawing 2-2 against Medeama SC in the season opener and beaten Legon Cities 1-0 at home. The draw against Medeama SC at Akoon Park was their first away point in Tarkwa following two successive defeats in two visits to Tarkwa.
Berekum Chelsea sit in 7th place in the table with three points after two games with forward - Stephen Amankona leading the top scorers chart with three goals.
Accra Lions are 1st in the table with 4 points having won one and drawn one in their opening two games of the campaign.
Berekum Chelsea have an outstanding record against Accra Lions having scored 7 and conceded 1 in their last two encounters at Golden City Park. Berekum Chelsea defeated Accra Lions 3-1 in the 2021/22 season and silenced them 4-0 in the 2022/23 season.
Former Asante Kotoko forward Stephen Amankonah has scored 3 goals in two games and is currently the brightest spot in the team going into the game.
The pacy striker who had a torrid stint at Asante Kotoko has rediscovered his scoring boots for the Blues in this season’s League.
Chelsea have lost two of their best players Henry Ansu and Kalou Ouattara to Asante Kotoko but still boats of last season’s 12 goals hero Mizack Afriyie, Fuseini Zackaria winger Collins Ameyaw, Edwin Kuffuor Asamoah, Yaw Dankwa and Awuah Dramani.
Last season’s most promising player Abass Samari Salifu has taken off brilliantly – and looks set to lead the team on Friday.
Others include Goalkeeper Daniel Afful who was named the NASCO player of the match against Legon Cities, Remember Adomako Boateng, David Oduro, Ali Mohammed, Baba Salifu Apiiga and teenager Dominic Amponsah.
The game will be broadcast live on StarTimes Adepa channel 247 on Friday at 3pm.