Grim or Glow: Karela United after Senator Brigidi’s demise

It was exciting news, a career saving purchase to many of the players, that very afternoon that there has been change in ownership at Metro Stars.

Struggling Metro Stars had to move heaven and earth to put together a starting eleven for a league game, unprecedentedly in the Club’s history, a nine game winless ran.

Late Senator David Cobbina Brigidi’s move was apparently philanthropic and business at the same time, breathing life into a lot of careers at the time.

A new era begun, Metro Stars turned Karela United and fortunes began to turn up and the Club adopted the Cosby Awuah Memorial Park as their home ground, pushing the standard thrice above it known standard, commendably passing for a topflight standard.

The team made history by becoming the first team from Nzema to qualify for the Ghana Premier League (2017-18 season).

Karela United went unbeaten at home – a run of more than 65 games without defeat. Cosby Awuah Memorial Park was upgraded to meet the Premier League standard, Late Senator Brigidi breathe some sense of belonging among the Nzema townships, perhaps, the current management have to use that for the good.

Life in the Premier League, Karela United made some huge purchases; Godfred Saka who had spent over 6 years playing for Aduana Stars, Wa All Stars quadruplets of Maxwell Baako, Abdul Ganiyu, Saddick Alhassan and Emmanuel Ocean joined the fore.

Fasts forward, the Premier League journey began with an away game to Medeama SC which they lost by goal to nil. They played their first home game against Techiman Eleven Wonders and unprecedentedly there was up to capacity at the Cosby Awuah Memorial Park – massive turnout – I was overjoyed by the start of a glowing era.

The Nzema based club was the talk of the country after they handed both Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak heavy defeats at the dreaded Cosby Awuah Memorial Park.

I cried when I heard of his demise. The first thing that came into my mind was how the Club [Karela United] will survive without a planner like senator? Perhaps you thought same.

Months after his death, it was written all over that the club won’t survive, (maybe a new ‘Brigidi’ will own it). Player exodus has hit the club; Ganiyu and Maxwell Baako have joined Asante Kotoko and many seem to be on their way out.

It was never the target of the Late Cobbina Brigidi to sell to a Ghanaian club because of how he valued his players. Section of the players are fighting over their contracts with the current management, indecision has clouded the decisions of certain players, tellingly, fighting for a move from the Club[Karela United] – when Brigidi was alive hope was high and not less, now both hope and less have joined forces – players deemed their future with the Club as hopeless.

Center Back Ampem Dacosta was pushing to play trials at Swaziland according to a local website (KyFilla). Highly rated midfielder, Jean Ourega Vital is still playing trials at Congo. Skipper Godfred Saka was in the news, complaining about the flow of salary. Certainly, players are not happy; all is not well at Karela United.

 

By Francis Hema