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08.06.2004 Football News

Special League Back To Life

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Champions, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, and Hearts of Oak stand at crossroads with fate as they confront tricky assignments on the resumption of the Special League.

Kotoko and Ashantigold will stage a Zone A super cracker at Obuasi tomorrow, while Power FC dare dethroned champions, Hearts of Oak, in an exciting Zone B pairing at El-Wak.

These two matches are what will define the leadership of the two zones after the second week matches in midweek. While Kotoko's array of Stars have assumed favourite status in virtually all games, their opponents have relied on consistency.

Awudu Ronaldo now teams up with Nasir Lamine, reigning goalking Shaibu Yakubu, Valentine Atem and George Eranio, giving Ashantigold a fearsome forwardline. But Kotoko's Joe Hendricks, Aziz Ansah, Godfred Yeboah and Issah Ahmed have formed a solid unit that has been the bane of many sides in recent games.

Notwithstanding home advantage, the game looks a tall order for Ashantigold who will also have to deal with Charles Taylor and Stephen Oduro.Power FC's sworn desire to repeat last season's crucial draw with Hearts will receive attention at El-wak, also tomorrow.

The dream places a huge task on Alex Awuah, Eric Abedi, Abass Bundu and Ben Adu Yeboah who will contend with the improved form of Louis Agyemang, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Lawrence Adjah Tetteh, Lawrence Adjei and Kwabena Boafo.

The scenario presents a dificult time for Power FC whose outstanding show against Hearts in their last league meeting remains their strongest point.

In other games, Great Olympics host Feyenoord Academy in Accra while Liberty Professionals and Real Sportive engage in a second Accra derby.Heart of Lions play Hasaacas at Kpando in the last of Zone B game.King Faisal return to Kumasi to host Arsenals in Zone A, while Bofoakwa travel to Mpraeso as guests of Okwawu United.BA United play RTU in Kumasi today as a result of the Brong Ahafo side's home suspension.

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