Wa All Star's Enos Adipah A vision for the Ghana Premier League title realized

"I saw it coming to be honest,"Wa All Stars coach Enos Adipah on winning the league title.

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Wa All Star's Enos Adipah

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Coach Enos Adipah says he foresaw the historic achievement of Wa All Stars winning the Premier League during their pre-season in Saudi Arabia. Adipah joined the Wa based club from division one side, King Solomon before the Ghana Premier League season as assistant to Jimmy Cobblah.

Somehow, the club and Cobblah ended their relationship due to contractual differences, giving the opportunity to Adipah to supervise the team's pre-season in the Gulf country. The club later promoted Adipah to be the head coach to continue what he had started with the team. The decision from the club's management is what has become a momentous story in the annals of the league. 

In Saudi Arabia, Adipah led his team to beat top sides in the oil rich country in three friendly matches. A double victory over Al Shabab and another win against Al Faisaly. 

In an exclusive interview with Pulse.com.gh, Adipah reveals that he had a big dream to make a name for himself and bring Wa All Stars to the upper ranks. He reckons that he is naturally an ambitious person and his forecast was not a delusion.

Wa All Stars play

Wa All Stars

 

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"I saw it coming, to be honest with you before we started the league because we had a good and well prepared pre-season. I told my guys we can make it. When I was even invited to come and take up the mantle (as head coach), I even asked are we ready to go to Africa because I am someone who likes challenges. I am someone who always has very big ambitions.

"If you are in life and you have nothing in mind or you don't have some good targets, I don't think you can achieve anything. So to target for something small, I rather targeted for something big. It was not a problem to me that it was my first time I was entering into the premier division so I was just going to try, no.

Wa All Stars won the Ghana Premier League in 2016 play

Wa All Stars won the Ghana Premier League in 2016

 

"I had a focus. I had a target so I determined to get to it. I was not surprised the day we were crowned, the day we beat Aduana. I wasn't surprised. I was not overwhelmed to jump here or do something, No, no! I was just relaxed. I was personally purposeful to reach this far" he says. 

If the plush and lavish of Saudi Arabia was not enough for the players, Adipah says his ambition was strengthened in their first league match at home to Sekondi Hasaacas which they won 3-0. 

More on that, he tells Pulse.com.gh he conferred on the founder and bankroller of the club, Kwesi Nyantakyi and asked him if he was ready to compete in Africa.

Wa All Stars are the Ghana Premier League champions play

Wa All Stars are the Ghana Premier League champions

 

"I knew from day one. After beating Hasaacas on my home soil, I then asked my President (Kwesi Nyantakyi), sir are we ready to play in Africa? He asked why I asked that question. I asked him the question because I knew I wanted to make a mark. If you want to go very higher in this football area you have to get a big ambition because my target is to reach the highest".

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The ambitious debutant coach in the premier league did not keep his high targets to himself but he inculcated it to his squad while in Saudi Arabia. He intimates that a significant aspect of their success story is team work.

Wa All Stars play

Wa All Stars

 

"I did that when we went to Saudi and it was a great opportunity for me to lead the team to Saudi Arabia because there, I had the core team. So I poured it out and I told them they can make something. Their lives depend on this 2015/16 league. 

"The players were aware but then we had to come and put it into practice. You know we have to do the implementation for them to know. Some then got to know that at the twentieth or at the fifteenth or at the tenth league match, they started believing that we can make it, we can make it, we can make it and we can make it.

"So it was one accord team work, one motive, one target at a certain stage. It was highly team work, very very highly team work. We were solidly compact. If even one person had doubt we couldn't have gotten here. The team work was very very solid". 

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