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27.06.2009 Football News

Premier League battles intensify

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There is drama at the top and bottom as the battle for the league title and relegation dog-fight become intriguing with five matches to end the Glo Premier League. 

Eight clubs-Sporting Mirren, Hasaacas, Gamba All Blacks, Liberty Professionals, Kessben FC, AshantiGold and Real Tamale United are battling the drop.

All the probable relegation candidates, Sporting Mirren have an unrealistic chance of staying in the topflight.

But their experienced coach Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie is not given up the fight yet as his side still has a mathematical chance of staying up.

The debutants have another difficult task at Kumasi as they play as guest sof in-form Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara stadium on Sunday.

Mirren have 19 points from 25 matches.
Only four points separate   Kotoko and leaders Hearts and a slip by any could prove disastrous for their title ambitions.

Elsewhere, Hearts of Oak new coach Nii Noi Thompson is beginning to feel the pressure barely a week after taken charge of the club.

The former Bechem Chelsea and Liberty Professionals coach has remained winless in two matches replacing Serbian trainer Kosta Papic.

Another inauspicious result against All Stars at the Ohene Djan stadium on Sunday could prove further cripple their title wining intentions.

All Stars suffered an ego battering defeat at home against Real Tamale United.

But Coach Nii Noi Thompson and his backroom staff are aware they cannot compromise on any other result apart from a comprehensive win to placate their suffering fans.

The ego of Real Tamale United has been bloated after triumphing in the northern regional derby last Wednesday at Wa.

They return to the Tamale stadium to play as guest of Bechem Chelsea.

Tema Youth face Liberty Professionals at the Tema Park.

The Tema based club go into the encounter without head coach Attila Sekerlioglu who left the club after their 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea.

The fortunes of the Dansoman based club has improved in recent matches and a win for them could see them leapfrog Tema Youth on the standings of the league table.   

Hearts of Lions cannot afford any more slips when they tackle AshantiGold at Kpando.

Miners coach David Duncan has produced magic in the second half of the league helping the club to a 10th place on the table.

Arsenals battle King Faisal at the Golden City Park in Berekum. The Gunners are still in the hunt for a fourth place finish despite recent unimposing results.

They lost to AshGold 2-0 at the Len Clay stadium in their last premier league encounter and drew at home with lowly-placed Hasaacas at their fortress.

The Sekondi host the derby between Eleven Wise and troubled Hasaacas.

  Wise suffered a 1-2 defeat at the Carl Reindorf Park against Liberty Professionals while Hasmal produced a come -back display to hold Lions in an enthralling 2-2 draw.


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