Kotoko test for Stars

Gyan – To lead Stars against Kotoko

Gyan – To lead Stars against Kotoko

THIS afternoon was destined for a cagey 2019 Nations Cup cracker between Ghana’s Black Stars and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone. No more! It has been blown off by a twist of fate.

Political interference in the affairs of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) was enough to scupper the showdown.

Slated for the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, the Stars were all-too poised for the Sierra Leone double header when news broke that the ties had been called off due to the failure of the Sierra Leonean government to meet the conditions of FIFA to reinstate the country’s FA top chiefs.

A letter signed by Samson Adamu, Director of Competition at CAF and sent to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee, said “the CAN 2019 qualifier match no. 65 (Ghana vs. Sierra Leone) & 89 (Sierra Leone vs. Ghana) on the 11th and 14th of October respectively have been cancelled.”

It is in view of this saturnine backdrop that Ghana coach Akwesi Appiah has decided to engage premier league giants and in-sparkling-form Kumasi Asante Kotoko to a special friendly at the Baba Yara Stadium this afternoon at 4.pm.

According to the Stars’ sweat merchant, he will use today’s assignment as part of the Nations Cup qualifying build-up.

“Our next game is against Ethiopia next month; so we should prepare for it and playing a friendly before the Ethiopia game,” Appiah told Oyerepa FM.

Crucially, the Normalisation Committee is said to have informed clubs of the various players of the latest development, in a bid to avert any post-game controversy.

Today’s game, potentially, would provide another opportunity for the Stars to win back the hearts of Kumasi fans who have remained the team’s biggest support base.

In their last visit to Kumasi on September 3, 2017, however, the Stars were held to a ferocious 1-1 draw by Congo Brazzaville, a result that scuttled Ghana’s 2018 World Cup campaign – and deepened the animosity of the fans, too.

Storming Kumasi with a constellation of stars led by the veteran Asamoah Gyan, the Black Stars hope to churn out a swash-buckling performance – strong enough to entertain the fans – and humble the Asanteman representation, who have shown great form of late.

Without any scintilla of doubt, Kotoko are in fine fettle and it would be interesting to see how their remorseless Burkinabe forward Songne Yacouba, fare against the Stars.

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BY JOHN VIGAH

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