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15.04.2008 Sports News

Sunday`s SWAG epic clash... Miners meet Porcupines…Vengeance on the menu

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Arguably, sunday's Sports Writers Association of Ghana's (SWAG) Nyemitei Cup, involving current league leaders Asante Kotoko and Ashgold at the Baba Yara stadium, will churn out one of the finest games on the local scene in recent months.

The Porcupine Warriors have played second fiddle to the Soccer Miners in two competitive games in succession, and this is what has whipped up the vengeance mood in the camp of the 'Red Army'.

Kotoko, then under Turkish Coach Telat Ozum, suffered a 0-1 defeat to Ashgold at the Len Clay Stadium in 2006.

And also in the first round of the current league, when Kotoko were high flying and the masters of all that they survey, the Aboakese lads came from obscurity to puncture the aura of invincibility surrounding Kotoko in a league tie in Cape Coast.

Ashgold remains one of the only club to have beaten Kotoko in the league and this certainly may account for the high stakes in the clash.

Both clubs appear wounded to some extent. For Kotoko, their 1-2 defeat to the Black Stars in a friendly six days ago, is still fresh on their minds and seem battle ready to avoid a second defeat in a row.

Ashgold, are also yet to recover from their CAF Champions League fiasco, and appear wounded to make amends, to win back the hearts of their fans.

Apart from the giant silverware and special cash prize at stake, the combatants have their pride to protect and this certainly is expected to have a positive bearing on the annual SWAG match.

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