A majority of supporters and players of Kumasi Asante Kotoko F/C have expressed optimism about the Club's chances as they pitch their strength against Accra Hearts of Oak in their Ninth Week Glo Premier League encounter at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, Feb 8.
The supporters said Hearts had for sometime now found it very difficult in squaring up against the 'Porcupine Warriors' in Kumasi since 2000 and that they were working hard to consolidate on this feat when they meet the Phobians.
They were speaking to the GNA Sports after Kotoko's morning training session at the Ridge Park in Kumasi on Thursday.
Mr Kwame Agyapong, a spare parts dealer noted that the supporters attached much prominence to the impending match and as such had resolved to rally behind the playing body to help them win handsomely.
He said he has the hope that management will provide adequate security in the match to ensure total peace and commended them for bringing on board Coach Isaac “Opeele” Boateng to strengthen the technical bench.
Mr Agyapong said that the former Tema Youth coach was well versed in the Ghanaian game and would as such bring his experience to bear to enable Kotoko to beat their arch rivals.
Miss Akosua Achiaa, a trader called for fair officiating in Sunday's match, stressing that this will help to forestall violence and vandalism on the part of supporters that might emanate from perceived biased officiating.
Some players of Kotoko who pleaded anonymity told the GNA Sports that morale in camp was very high and that they would not be complacent but determined to win the match.
They appealed to the supporters to continue to rally behind the playing body both physically and spiritually to enhance Kotoko's chances in the League.