Kotoko host Ashgold on Sunday

kotokoWhen Ashantigold SC and Kumasi Asante Kotoko clash off at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday, there will be a singular objective emblazoned on the minds of the Porcupine Warriors – and that is revenge.

Ashgold put up a stirring performance to post a deserved double over Kotoko in September’s GHALCA Top 4 competition on their way to winning the Golden Fleece – a feat that the Asanteman Warriors have vowed to wipe out.

Well, the wait may yet be over as Sunday presents Kotoko the score-settling opportunity and the moment to win back the bragging rights.

The occasion is a Challenge Cup match, but Ashantigold’s Chief Executive, Kudjo Fianoo, says his charges are more than determined to establish their stranglehold on Kotoko ahead of the imprecise start of the First Capital Plus Premier League.

“We have beaten Kotoko twice on the run recently and trust my boys to repeat the dose.

“We are taking the game seriously because we are using it to prepare for our continental assignment,” he told the Times Sports yesterday.

To prove the significance attached to the game, Ashgold have requested the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to release their players in the camp of the national Under-23, Black Meteors, to play a role in the Sunday Challenge Cup game whose return clash is slated for next week.

Kotoko, who are also representing the nation in the CAF Champions League, are also expected to approach this game with all the weightiness that it deserves – and would be eager to fight hard to exact revenge over the Confederation Cup campaigners.

Kick-off is at 3.30 pm.

Meanwhile, Kumasi Asante Kotoko have played a total of 24 matches since their pre-season programme started in August, the club have confirmed, reports ghanasoccernet.com.

The team’s pre-season was expected to end in the middle of September but the delayed started of the new season has forced Kotoko and other clubs at the various levels of club football in the country to be playing trial matches almost every week.

Of the 24 friendly matches played in Tamale, Kumasi, Obuasi, Techiman, Accra, Sokode and Lome, the fabulous lads have won 15; drawn seven and lost only two. The two defeats were inflicted on Kotoko by Ashantigold in the Ghalca Top 4 competition.

The team has scored 56 goals and conceded 23 with quite a healthy goal difference of 33.

The matches have mostly been against second, first and Premier division teams. Four of the matches were against clubs outside Ghana – namely As Tanda from Cote d’Ivoire; AS Semassi and AS Port all of Togo.

Three of the 24 matches were played in August; eight in September; four in October and seven in November. So far two matches have been played this month with many on already planned by management in consultation with the technical team.

By John Vigah

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