GPL: Young Apostles secure historic promotion to top-flight league

Young Apostles have earned promotion to the Ghana Premier League after a thrilling 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Techiman Heroes in the Division One play-off in Accra on Tuesday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Suleman Yahaya Abu scored the decisive penalty at the Accra Sports Stadium, securing Young Apostles’ place in Ghana’s top flight next season.

The match ended 1-1 after regulation time, and 30 minutes of extra time failed to produce further goals, leading to the dramatic penalty shootout.

Initially, it seemed Techiman Heroes were on their way to historic qualification as Young Apostles missed two of their spot-kicks.

However, Emmanuel Owusu and Ebenezer Agyapong missed their penalties for Techiman Heroes, levelling the score.

Mathew Amponsah’s miss for Techiman Heroes gave Suleman Yahaya Abu the chance to score the winning penalty, propelling Young Apostles into the Ghana Premier League.

The defeat was tough on Techiman Heroes, who had the better chances during the 120 minutes before the shootout.

Both teams had topped their respective groups in Zone 1 of Ghana’s second tier during the regular season, leading to this playoff to decide who would be promoted to the Premier League.

With this victory, Young Apostles became the fifth team from the Bono Ahafo region to join the top-flight league, alongside Nsoatreman FC, Aduana Stars, Berekum Chelsea, and Bechem United.

This promotion is a significant milestone for Young Apostles, who will now compete against the best teams in Ghana’s top division.

The 2024-25 Ghana Premier League season will also feature Vision FC from Zone 3, with the winner of Zone 2 yet to be determined.

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