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Preko targets league title at Medeama

BY: George Ernest Asare
Yaw Preko-Medeama coach

Medeama SC coach Yaw Preko has disclosed an ambitious target of leading the Tarkwa-based club to their first Ghana Premier League title this season.

He said as former MTN FA Cup winners, the ultimate ambition for the Tarkwa-based club would be to annex the league title and that aspiration has fired up his dreams to make history at Medeama.

"The management feel the club have the players to win the league so we are going to take the second round very serious. This is because we want to go as high as we can to win the trophy that Medeama are yet to win," Preko told the Daily Graphic.

“Medeama are among the dreamers and we are working very hard to achieve our dreams. I have many quality and experienced players who are hungry for honours for our club to achieve our dreams of winning the league.”

Preko was appointed head coach of the 'Mauves and Yellow' early this month and led the team to 1-1 draw away to Berekum Chelsea to send his side to the third position on the Ghana Premier League log with 27 points behind leaders and regional rivals Karela United (31 points) and his former club, Great Olympics (30 points).

Ironically, when the second round of the competition commences next month, Medeama will storm the Accra Sports Stadium to play Olympics in a match that pits Preko against his former boss, Annor Walker.

Two months ago, Preko was handed a caretaker coaching role at Olympics whose veteran coach was hospitalised and he guided the Wonder Club to an impressive run of three wins, a draw and a loss, including an important 2-0 victory against Hearts of Oak on January 30.

He revealed that leading Olympics to beat his former club enhanced his profile and played a significant role in him landing the vacant coaching job at Medeama.

“They [football administrators] saw my capabilities and realised what I could offer as a coach and afterwards, Medeama offered me the opportunity to manage the team at Tarkwa,” Preko said.

The 45-year-old coach revealed that he took up the Olympics job to prove a point despite having previously handled Hearts, Inter Allies and Nigerian side, Ifeanyi Ubah.

"Against Hearts, it was a match I was determined to win irrespective of the fact that I was leading Olympics to play against my former club, and that was exactly what happened,” he recalled with pride as it was the club's first win over the Phobians since 2006.

With an audacious target to achieve, Preko is looking to break the duopoly of Hearts and Asante Kotoko despite the tough competition that lies ahead in the second round of the season.

“The two race of the Ghana Premier League involving Hearts and Kotoko now belongs to history. This is because just as Hearts, Kotoko, Karela, Olympics and Medeama are dreaming to win the trophy, I am going to carry on at Medeama where I left off at Great Olympics,” he promised.