Can Kotoko Call off Hearts Bluff this Weekend?
The 'Porcupine Warriors', Kumasi Asante Kotoko may quash Hearts' dream of catching them up at the top of the table if they win their match against All Stars at the Baba Yara stadium this Sunday as the Glo Premiership enters week 19.
The red army are seven points apart with the phobians who sworn thunder and earth to catching up with the fabulous boys but if they should draw or loose against Tema Youth then it will surely be done and dusted for Kotoko who have shown much agility in the second round even without their Ivorian striker Ahmed Toure.
Top placed Kotoko welcomes Kwesi Nyantekyi's All Stars who are fourth on the ladder with 29 points. Coach Maxwell Konadu has proved beyond all reasonable doubts that Kotoko can do better with a local coach as he has transformed the team from ordinary to practitioners of sexy football.
All Stars are technically and tactically astute but playing Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium at this time of the season goes beyond the strength of All Stars.
At the Accra Sports Stadium, Hearts of Oak will welcome Tema Youth in a must win for the phobians whose coach Nebojsa Vucicevic has come under intense pressure from the supporters.
Hearts is second on the log with 31 points whiles Tema Youth is twelfth on the table with 20 points. The phobian's looks certain to picking the three points at stake but Tema Youth can surprise them at their own back yard.
African Champions League campaigners, Berekum Chelsea will play as guest to Hearts of Lions at the Kpando Park in an all-to-fight-for affair as both clubs are in dying need for the three points.
Berekum Chelsea is third on the table with 30 points whiles Lions are eleventh with 23 points. Chelsea has the quality of players to do the business but playing Lions at their favorite Kpando Park is always difficult to predict.
At the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast, Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs will play as host to former champions league campaigners Aduana Stars.
Dwarfs are fifth on the log with 28 points whiles Aduana on the other hand is seventh on the ladder with 26 points. Dwarfs suffered their first defeat in the second round at the hands of Liberty last Sunday at the Carl Reindorf Park in Dansoman and are bent on giving the doze back to Aduana but Aduana have been impressive on the road this year.
New Edubiase United will welcome Liberty Professionals at the Nana Gyamfi Park in Bekwai. Edubiase is sixth on the table with 28 points whiles Liberty is ninth on the log with 25 points.
Emmanuel Baffoe will return for his side after featuring his first cap for the Black Stars in Ghana's friendly game against Chile and his inclusion will surely put a lot of pressure on the Liberty defence.
At the Sekondi Sports Stadium in Essipong, Wassaman united will welcome Medeama. Wassaman is struggling to redeem their image from the relegation zone but Medeama will be a tough customer for Wassaman.
Berekum Arsenals will play Bechem united at the Golden City Park in an out-of-relegation Brong Ahafo derby. Arsenal and Bechem united both shares 14 points but Bechem is ahead due to a superior goal aggregate.
On Saturday, Mighty Jets will play as guest to 'Soccer Miners' Ashantigold fc at the Accra Sports Stadium. Ashantigold is eighth on the table with 26 points whiles Mighty Jet is thirteenth with 20 points.
M. Jet 1 1 Ashantigold
Kotoko 2 – 0 All Stars
Dwarfs 2 – 1 Aduana
N. Edubiase 2 – 0 Liberty
Hearts 1 – 0 T. Youth
Lions 2 – 1 Chelsea
Arsenal 1 1 Bechem Utd
Wassaman 1 – 2 Medeama