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18.11.2004 Football News

Who survives the threat of relegation?

By GNA

Accra, Nov. 18, GNA - Five clubs from each zone of the zonal GT Premier League would battle against relegation this weekend to round off the competition at all the league centres.

Brong Ahofo United have already secured their tickets for relegation as they lie bottom of Zone A, with eight points and a win against Kumasi Asante Kotoko at their favourite Sunyani Coronation Park will not in anyway enhance their chances for survival.

Clubs such as Berekum Arsenals, Ashantigold, Bofoakwa, and Okwawu are also in slippery situations and can also be carried away by the relegation waves at any given time should they lose their last games.

Ashantigold having been badly bruised by Kotoko last Wednesday will seek to use another troubled side Tano Bofoakwa as the sacrificial lamb to survive the threat of relegation at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium. Embattled Okwawu United will have a difficult task at hand in their confrontation with Berekum Arsenals at a venue to be decided by the Professional League Board (PLB) following their two home match ban.

Since the second spot on Zone 'A' that guarantees the club to participate in the GHALCA Top Four and the Confederations Cup competition is still up for grabs, King Faisal will be in a battle of their lives when they engage in-form Real Tamale United (RTU) at the Kumasi Sports Stadium on Saturday.

The situation is no different from what pertains in Zone B, where uncertainty surrounds the likes of Liberty Professionals, Real Sportive, Feyenoord, Sekondi Hasaacas, Power FC and Accra Great Olympics as they await for the clearance of the 14th week matches.

This is based on the fact that only a one-point margin lies in between these clubs from the third position to the very bottom of the table, signalling some gruelling encounters in the Zone.

Wonder club, Accra Great Olympics will have to conjure "heavenly wonders" in order to beat giant killers, Real Sportive at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday as both sides are in dire need of a win to sustain themselves in the elite league.

Sekondi Hasaacas seem to have enjoyed some good runs in Accra in recent times after beating Liberty and holding Hearts of Oak in round one, this will compel them to exhibit a similar stuff when they storm the El-Wak Stadium to face another struggling side, Power FC.

The Gomoa Fetteh-based Feyenoord needs to exert extra energy to record another win at Kpando to ensure their stay in the premiership when they come up against Heart of Lions.

Hearts will have nothing at stake except their pride on Saturday when they come against Liberty Professionals at the Accra Sports Stadium having already emerged champions of the Zone.

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