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25.03.2009 League Report

Today`s Wise-Tema Youth outstanding…A tale of two `wounded lions`

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

There is every indication that a highly uncompromising clash will roll out at the Essipong Stadium when beleaguered Eleven Wise and Tema Youth sort themselves out in their Glo premier week 12 outstanding today.

The two suffered shipwrecks in their respective encounters last weekend and in their possible quest to make amends, is what has raised the stakes in this encounter.

High flying new technical team of Wise, Coach C.K Akunnor and his able lieutenant Odartey Lamptey were handed a reality check at Kpando, succumbing 0-3 to Lions, their first defeat since assuming post.

Tema Youth on the other hand lost 0-2 to Berekum Arsenals at the Golden City Park four days ago. Interestingly, the two have the same points, 19, on the league standings, but the Western show boys are ahead by virtue of their superior goal difference.

That notwithstanding, happenings from the camp of Wise point to the fact that they are bent on flying on the wings of their home superiority, to claw all the three points at stake.

In Rahim Ayew, lies tenacity and the ability to distribute the ball to attackers, and this is what appear to be coach Akunnor's trump card in today's game.

However, Tema Youth's Communications Director, Henry Asante has cautioned that they would enter into the game as underdogs, taking into account their not-too-impressive away record, but they are strategizing to return with a good result.

Second-placed Heart of Lions welcome Asante Kotoko to the Kpando Park in the other outstanding game.