Wilson Arthur’s developmental train in Skyy FC and the Premier League ambitions
Football clubs are meant to offer platforms for young and developing footballers within their catchment areas.
These clubs are meant to fine-tune the raw talents within their operational areas while improving economic activities as well. As a region with football genes, football in the Western region needed a revolutionist to revive the tainted fortunes.
With a rich history in Ghana’s football arena, the contributions ok Sekondi Hasaacas and Eleven Wise made the Western Region a major stakeholder in the game.
One experienced face leaving indelible legacies in the Western belt is Hon Wilson Arthur, Chairman FA Cup Committee and Skyy FC President Commissioner with NDPC and CEO of Skyy Media Group
The experience football administrator, who currently chairs the MTN FA Cup committee, inked his name into the history of Western regional football with historic qualifications of Skyy FC into the National Division One League. The underdogs zoomed their way to the summit of the log at the regional level with an electric speed.
To put emphasis on their qualifications, they went the entire division two league season unbeaten with some exciting football to match. The fluidity of their game, and readiness to fight until 90 minutes manifested in the enviable positions they finished in each of their Division One League campaigns.
In their maiden season in the National Division One League in 2018/19, Anas 12 truncated the league to a point they were third on the log after 13 matches with the same point as the second-placed team. They raised hopes within the Western Region as the quest for premier league football drew ever closer.
In their second season, the club won the novelty league in their one and was leading the table in the COVID truncated season before finishing second in the full season after.
Skyy FC then won the maiden edition of the Top 8 DOLCs Super Cup organized by the Ghana Football Association and finished 6th in last season’s competition.
In the short history of Skyy FC, it was Bibiani Gold Stars that pushed them all the way to the final rounds leaving Skyy FC in the second position in the 2020/2021 season. That position qualified Skyy FC to participate in the maiden edition of the Division One Top 8 super Cup competition which Skyy FC deservedly won. In the following season(2021/22) FC Samartex took an early lead and galloped till the end. Skyy FC could not compete and settled for an abysmal 5th-place finish.
Skyy FC however made it to the Quater Finals of the MTN FA Cup and got beaten by Accra Hearts of Oak at Accra Sports stadium to exit with pride. In their third competitive season, after beating Ebusua Dwarfs 1:0 at Elmina Dr Nduom Stadium, Skyy FC suffered a false start losing Match Day 2 and 3 away games to New Edubiase at Len Clay stadium and to Nations FC at Dr Kyei Sports Complex all narrowly by 0:1. The Skyy has been the limit to the Eagles of Wassa East from match day 4 to 11 now occupying the apex of the table.
In an exclusive interview with the Club President Hon Wilson Arthur, he revealed that the arrival of Coach Johnson Smith this season has worked well for his team. The Players have so much trust and respect for the former Asante Kotoko Coach. Skyy FC is most definitely poised to make it to the Premier League this season.
Is 2022/2023 their the Akyy season? Is premier league football heading back to the Western belt? Hon Wilson Arthur must be doing something special.
Source: Saani Abacha/Football Ghana