Kotoko host Inter-Allies

Tr2ONE of the resolutions for Kumasi Asante Kotoko this year is to annex the First Capital Plus Premier League once again and position themselves suitably to equal the record of their bitterest rivals – Accra Hearts of Oak.

Though Kotoko have won the title three times better over-all, Hearts continue to boast of having annexed the premiership six successive times – between 1996/97, 1997/98, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Worryingly, the Porcupine Warriors have not had a perfect start to the delayed season after losing 0-1 to Aduana Stars, drawing 2-2 with Sekondi Hasaacas before notching up an impressive 2-0 win over BA United. Amassing four points out of a possible nine – five clear points adrift leaders Ashantigold SC, appears to be putting loads of pressure on the Asanteman Warriors.

This is why Kotoko, who will be spearheaded in attack by Ahmed Toure, would dash for the jugular when they welcome Inter Allies to the Baba Yara Sports this afternoon – seeking for nothing less than victory to put pressure on leaders Ashantigold SC.

The two teams shared the spoils last year but Kotoko appear hungrier for the maximum points – aware anything less than a win could open up the points disparity from the top.

Ashantigold are the only side with an impeccable run in the campaign so far as they have won all three games and are looking good to hook 15th-placed Medeama SC to their roll of victims at the Essipun Sports Stadium in Sekondi tomorrow. It may be the Miners’ toughest game yet. If they are able to snatch the result, then they should be in real business this term.

Gilbert Fiamenyo is in smashing form. The former Kpando Lions’ top goal-poacher has poked home two braces in three games and leads the scorer’s chart with five goals. He will be expected to inspire Hearts as the Phobians travel to Bechem tomorrow as guests of Bechem United.

Wonder Club Accra Great Olympics have began their campaign on a less inspiring fashion, winning one and losing two. But the ‘Dade boys’ continue to attribute their losses to poor officiating – pointing at Referee Otis Oppong for their latest 2-1 loss to West African Football Academy (WAFA).

Olympics romped to 1-0 at half time through a goal from David Appiah but an expulsion gave WAFA a one-man advantage and they equalised from a Kennedy Koranteng goal before the winner.

Acting head coach of Olympics, Kamal Ocansey told Citi Sports that the referee decided the match.

” We lost but we are not down because we were victims of bad officiating. If you had a correspondent, he would tell you how bad the officiating was. If you lose a match and blame it on the referee, some people will accuse of eating sour grapes but that is not the case. I usually do not like complaining but what happened was very bad.”

Perhaps, as Oly entertain Aduana Stars to the Accra Sports Stadium tomorrow, they will do well to ‘carry’ their own ‘referee’ to the pitch by way of making good their chances on the afternoon.

In other fixtures, New Edubiase United meet BA United in a battle of the ‘Uniteds,’ while Lions welcome Sekondi Hasaacas to the Kpando park. Berekum Chelsea clash off with the West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) while Liberty Professionals slug it out with Wa All Stars at the Carl Reindorf Park.

 

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