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28.02.2007 Football News

Kotoko In Lions’ Den

The dreaded Kpando Park will play host to Asante Kotoko today as the champion club visits their 'waterloo' as guests of high-flying Heart of Lions.

An impressive form, particularly at home, has placed Lions as a major force in the current league. But the attraction in today's match with Kotoko lies in the visitors' ability to stay afloat at the venue which once saw their fall in a drama-filled tie almost four years ago.

Kotoko's inexplicably frustrating campaign that recorded a shock 0-1 defeat by RTU at Cape Coast last Sunday in the latest of unimpressive results has put their title defence in danger.

With the purchase of defenders Isaac Vorsah and Ahmed Nyame failing to achieve a similar impact as Emmamuel Osei Kuffour's two goals so far have done for his new employers, Kotoko's trip to Kpando stand a real test against a side that has been blessed by the return of playmaker, Sadat Bukari.

Even at the once feared 'Waterloo' Stadium at Konongo, Lions prevailed beating their hosts 1-0 on a bright Sunday, and in the comfort of their Kpando home grounds where Ashantigold fell 3-0 two weeks ago, Lions could pose greater trouble for Kotoko.

Accra Hearts of Oak's coach, Mitko Dobrez, visits Ashantigold today under severe pressure, knowing the fate that awaits him in the event of another slip in their league top pairing.

Other matches coming up today are Real Sportive versus Arsenal at Cape Coast, King Faisal versus All Blacks at Sunyani, Feyenoord versus RTU at Swedru, Hasaacas versus Bofoakwa at Sekondi, Great Olympics versus Power FC at Dansoman.

Tema Youth will host Liberty at Cape Coast tomorrow.

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