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05.03.2009 Football News

Kotoko, Lions keyed up…For tomorrow`s 34Th SWAG/SIC Cup do

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Revelations from the corridors of Asante Kotoko and Kpando Heart of Lions is that the two are keyed up to give a very good account of themselves in tomorrow's Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) match at the Ohene Djan Stadium.

Kotoko, like Lions are handicapped, taking into account the absence of their key performers in the persons of Edmund Owusu Ansah, Daniel Yeboah, Michael Ofosu Appiah, Kwadwo Poku, Samuel Inkoom, Jordan Opoku and Stephen Manu who are on national duty in Cote d'Ivoire.

In their stead, however, the two teams posses equally quality charges who appear combat ready to re-enact the ecstasy and competitiveness that characterizes their clashes.

Unlike previous editions, this year's SWAG match is unique considering the fact that it is a two legged affair giving the combatants equal opportunity to prove their worth.

And for Kotoko's coach, Isaac Opeele Boateng, it presents an opportune time to lift his first major silverware with the 'Red Army'.

This year's edition equally presents Lions' coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin an opportunity to make amends for their Champions League fiasco.

Corporate bodies like Forewin Ghana Ltd, Red Bull, Voltic Mineral Water and of course the title sponsors -State Insurance Corporation (SIC) have contributed in diverse ways for the competition.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by William D. Ezah, Deputy General Secretary of the Association said the VVIP of the stadium will attract 10.00 GH Cedis while the Lower and Upper wings of the VIP goes for 5.00 GH Cedis. It said the South Stand (Independence end of the stadium) and the North Stand (May 9) will go for 2.00 GH Cedis whilst the East Stand (Osu) will attract 3.00 GH Cedis.

According to the statement, the gates will open at 11:00am, with two curtain raisers before the main game. The first curtain raiser will see staff of the State Insurance Company (SIC) taking on the National Investments Bank (NIB) to test each others strength at 1:00pm, with the Under-13 side of Red Bull Soccer Academy battling Pallisco Babies at 2:00pm. The statement added that kick off time for the main match will be 3:00pm.

It said the Association will not allow any stadium pass for the match and called on all journalists wishing to report on the game to produce their authentic press cards.