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14.08.2005 Sports News

League Preview: Danger Awaits Big Guns

Michael Quaye (Graphic)

Power lies in the hands of Arsenals and Ebusua Dwarfs to influence the leadership of the GT Premier League as they host Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko in interesting ties on Sunday.

Kotoko and Hearts travel to Cape Coast and Berekum respectively, with uncertainty hanging over their ability to sustain themselves at the top of the league standings.

Kotoko's date with Dwarfs appears a clash of extreme forces, with the league leaders as the all-powerful entity. Dwarfs lie two places from the bottom with a home performance just better than Kotoko's away record.

Five wins and four losses from 10 games could be an impressive record for an average performer,but certainly not for a team that defeated Hearts in Accra on the season's opening day.In fact, they have not won a single point in the other nine away games so far.

Dwarfs have slumped from that height to ordinary status since that feat and have even lost to wild underdogs at home.

This notwithstanding, their survival instincts saw them lose by a narrow 0-1 margin to Kotoko at Kumasi in the first round.

But neither the pride they derived from that brave effort nor subsequent attempts to climb up brought back the magic Ekow Ghansah displayed against Hearts.

Ghansah has sunk into virtual oblivion after leading Dwarfs' assault on Hearts.On that day the striker shot into instant fame with his double strike and became a possible candidate for the goalking title.

Whatever he has missed will come back naturally if his accuracy returns against Kotoko's Issah Ahmed, Aziz Ansah, Godfred Yeboah and Sammy Addo.

Hearts face a more difficult task against impressive Arsenals,1-2 losers in the first round game inAccra. Arsenals' 16 goals at home with five against them sharply contrasts that of Hearts who have scored and conceded nine goals each way.

The return to action of goalkeeper Sammy Adjei and defenders Dan Coleman and Amankwah Mireku could prove important additions to Coach Sanzio Bahner's options who face a huge challenge in Frank Yeboah,Osei Kofi,Owusu Addai and Eric Adu Poku.

In other games, King Faisal welcome Hasaacas to Kumasi, while Feyenooord travel to Tamale to play RTU. Real Sportive and Hotspurs face each other at Tema, while Power FC will be guests of Ashantigold at Obuasi.

Liberty Professionals take on Bofoakwa in Accra, while Okwawu host Hearts of Lions at Nkawkaw.