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01.05.2005 Football News

Arsenals’ Lead Under Threat

By Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo (graphic)
Arsenals’ Lead Under Threat
MAY 1, 2005 FOOTBALL NEWS

BEREKUM Arsenals' three-week dominance in the GT Premiership will be brought under a severe test on Sunday when they play as guests of well-drilled Ashantigold at the Len Clay Stadium.

As the only side with a hundred per cent record so far, league leaders, Arsenals, have proved to be the team to beat with their all-round solid squad.

Arsenals' exploits against visiting Liberty Professionals last Sunday convinced the Technical Consultant of the Dansoman-based side, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, to describe them as the team to watch this season.

In spite of that, the miners pose a real threat to their opponents nothwithstanding their 1-0 away defeat to Real Sportive in their last outing.

At their Len Clay fortress, young striker, Shaibu Yakubu, and his teammates are slightly favoured as they will enjoy the merits of playing at home.

Liberty Professionals might be too hot for RTU at the Accra Stadium due to the players they might introduce this time round.

All things being equal, former Kotoko striker, Michael Osei, will make his debut for Liberty after he was swapped with Osei Akoto.

If that happens, his partnership with Michael Helegbe and possibly Peter Ofori Quaye who has also joined the team, will be too deadly for the Tamale lads who have usually found the Accra Stadium to be their waterloo.

After dropping two vital home points against stubborn Power FC, defending champions, Accra Hearts of Oak, face yet another tough assignment this time away against Bofoakwa at the Sunyani Coronation Park.

However, the likely return of Emmanuel Osei Kuffour and Prince Tagoe into the Hearts line-up could better their lot this time.

At Nkawkaw, Okwawu United will need something more than home support to contain in-form King Faisal while Hearts of Lions will also not find things rosy against Feyenoord Academy even at their favourite Kpando Stadium.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko, who are going through a transition, need to win at home against a transformed Hasaacas side to win back the confidence of their numerous supporters while Power FC look set to subdue debutantes, Kade Hotspurs, at Tema.

At Cape Coast, Ebusua Dwarfs who have tasted two consecutive defeats after their 3-2 upset of Hearts will find Real Sportive too tough an opposition to beat.

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