Tough Wa Hurdle For Kotoko



 

Kotoko featuredBasking in the glory of picking three straight wins from their first three games, defending league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko will attempt a fourth straight win as they trek to the Upper West Regional capital Wa to play as guest of 8th-placed Wa All Stars this afternoon.

The Porcupine Warriors, who sit at the summit of the league table, are enjoying a rich vein of form that makes them huge favourites to pick all three points at stake  but as slippery as a banana peel can be, Kotoko have it at the back of their minds that picking the maximum points away today would not come so cheap especially against a Wa All Stars side whom they find so difficult to topple away.

After surviving by the skin of their teeth last Sunday at home against visiting New Edubiase, Kotoko yet again expect another tough battle against a side whom they have struggled to beat at their fortress – the Wa stadium.

For All Stars, it is business as usual and a time to protect their 100 per cent home record this season at the Wa Park, thereby stopping their high-flying visitors from extending their winning streak for yet another week. What remains to be seen is weather the goalless draw played out last season at the same venue would repeat its self or there would be a surprise from both ends.

Obuasi AshantiGold will make a short trip to the Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium to play Kumasi King Faisal in a game that would go down the wire to determine the winner.

AshantiGold have won two games and drawn one away as against two losses and one draw by their host who are wallowing at the bottom part of the league log.

On paper, the Miners look strong and set to pick all the three valuable points at stake but Alhaji Karim Gruzah’s boys have the penchant to pull surprises when pushed to the wall and should they decide to play above themselves today, AshantiGold might just be making a fruitless trip to the Baba Yara Stadium this afternoon.

After recovering from their shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals, Kotoko, to beat Inter Allies 3-2 away on Sunday, Hearts of Oak will be hoping to begin the rich vein of form at home when they entertain back-to-batan Sekondi Hasaacas at the Accra Sports Stadium this afternoon.

Hasaacas have not been good travelers to the venue and for many a Phobian fan, that trend does not look like ending soon – especially today as they seek to keep a close tab on Kotoko and also keep their title hopes alive.

With only two points to boast of and a home defeat at the hands of Aduana Stars in their last game over the weekend, Hasaacas do not look a side that wields what it takes to inflict a second successive home defeat on Coach David Duncan’s side but the unpredictable nature of the game leaves a little room for fans to keep their fingers crossed until the end of the 90 minutes this afternoon.

Having succeeded in picking a vital away win at the Essipun Sport Stsadium over Hasaacas, Aduana Stars would stay put at their fortress, the Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa, to welcome Bechem United who are yet to taste a defeat in the on-going league.

At the Tema Park, it will be a battle of the professionals as Liberty Professionals who picked their first three points of the current campaign last Sunday against King Faisal, will trek to face seventh-placed Amidaus Professionals in a battle that will be interesting to watch.

The Tarkwa T&A Park will witness a top draw as coach Hans Van Der Plyum’s will be leading out the Mauves to chase their first win of the campaign against a rejuvenated Heart of Lions.

Less impressive Berekum FC will be welcomed to the Robert Mensah Stadium by Ebusua Dwarfs whose last home game ended goalless while the former’s last away match ended in a shock 2-0 loss to Amidaus Professionals
At the Gyamfi Park in Bekwai, it will be the battle of the two bottom clubs as New Edubiase and Inter Allies, both yet to pick a single point in this season’s campaign, come hard at each other in a game that is sure to produce a winner at all cost.

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