Kotoko to face Aduana wrath

Author: Peter Sarbah
Kotoko to face a though challenge against Aduana Stars
Kotoko to face a though challenge against Aduana Stars

The home invincibility of Aduana Stars could come under severe threat as Kumasi Asante Kotoko storm the Nana Agyemang Badu Park to battle the host in their midweek encounter on Wednesday.

Kotoko who have hit a fine form so far this season and are on 18 points each with Ashgold will be looking forward to toppling the ‘Soccer Miners’ from the summit of the log with just a goal separating the two teams.

Sadly, red-hot Aduana Stars had to surrender their position on the summit of the log after they were dealt a major blow following their 2-5 loss to Liberty Professionals yesterday but will hope to pick up the pieces and return to winning ways at the expense of the Porcupine Warriors whose form has been inconsistent lately.

Until last Sunday’s loss, Aduana were one of the league’s top sides with a devastating form, especially at their Dormaa-Ahenkro base, despite being held to a scoreless draw by Hearts of Oak the previous week. Nonethelesss, they will be inspired by the presence of their leading marksman and captain, Yahaya Mohammed (who is a leading contender for the top scorer’s prize with Victorien Adebayor) to pull the breaks on Kotoko.

Interestingly, previous statistics by the two teams in their 20 clashes in the Premier League have seen the two sides winning six games each and drawing four each.

It is intriguing to say that Kotoko have visited Dormaa-Ahenkro 10 times and their best results have been a draw. They have scored only once out of the nine goals that have been scored in those matches.

League leader Ashgold will welcome Dreams FC to the Len Clay Stadium as WAFA travels to Techiman to engage Eleven Wonders, while Elmina Sharks host Ebusua Dwarfs at the Dr Nduom Sports Complex.

Inter Allies will hope to unleash prolific striker Adebayor on Medeama when they play at the Accra Sports Stadium, while Hearts of Oak will trek to the Akoon Park at Tarkwa to lock horns with Karela FC.

Bottom club King Faisal will host Legon Cities at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi and on Thursday Bechem United will clash with 12th-placed Liberty Professionals at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park, while 14th-placed Great Olympics welcome Berekum Chelsea, fifth on the log, to the Accra Sports Stadium.

Meanwhile, Kumasi Asante Kotoko shared honours with Ashgold yesterday in their league game at the Baba Yara Stadium. Both sides created some descent chances but failed to utilise them.

Hearts of Oak needed a last-gasp from Kofi Kodzi to beat a stubborn Bechem United side 3-2 at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday to climb to the seventh position on the log.

Bechem took the lead through a spot kick courtesy Prince Kwabena Adu but Kodzi cancelled the lead also through a penalty before Abdul Fatawu shot Hearts in front before recess.

Hafiz Konkoni restored parity in the second half but just when they host thought they were walking away with a point, Kodzi dashed their hopes with a towering header.

There was goal harvest at the Carl Reindorf Park at Dansoman as hosts Liberty Professionals beat Aduana Stars 5-2 in a seven-goal thriller —their first home win of the season.

Yahaya Mohammed scored twice as Mubarak Alhassan and  Elvis Kyei-Baffour both hit a brace for Liberty, with Mohammed Adams capping Liberty’s fine performance with a goal.

In other matches, Techiman Eleven Wonders beat King Faisal 2-1, Legon Cities drew 1-1 with Olympics last Friday, Berekum Chelsea lost 1-3 to Inter Allies at the Golden City Park last Saturday, Ebusua Dwarfs beat Karela 2-1 in Cape Coast, Medeama lost 1-2 to Elmina Sharks and WAFA played a goalless draw with Dreams FC.