Ashgold to test Hearts

BY: Bernard Neequaye

Premier League giants, Accra Hearts of Oak, will be looking forward to make a strong statement tomorrow when they play host to Ashantigold at their adopted Cape Coast Stadium.

Hearts need a vital win in their first home game of the season, following a 1-1 stalemate with Eleven Wonders away on the opening day last Sunday.

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The Phobians will have to make do with an unfamiliar venue as their homeground for the meantime until the Accra Sports Stadium renovation is completed.

Against Ashantigold, Coach Henry Wellington faces his toughest test in his short stint in charge of the Phobians as the Soccer Miners, whose coach, Charles Kwabla Akonnor, remains keen on building upon their 1-0 home victory over Wa All Stars last Saturday.

Winful Cobinna will be expected to lead his Hearts teammates, consisting of Patrick Razak, Inusah Musah, Samudeen Ibrahim, Christopher Bonney and Malik Akowuah, among others, to give of their best to outwit the likes of Tijani Joshua, Shafiu Mumuni, George Owu, Abdul Latif Anabila, and Amos Addai of Ashantigold.

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko, after earning a precious point at Sogakope against WAFA, return to their favourite grounds to battle for their first win against Inter Allies at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

Kotoko need a home win against Inter Allies to kick off a bright campaign against the early leaders, who will fight hard to maintain their momentum after a flying start with a 3-0 win over Bechem United.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin of the Porcupine Warriors will be head to head with Inter Allies' Japanese trainer, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, in an expected thriller of the weekend.

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In other league matches, Berekum Chelsea will engage Dreams FC at the Golden City Park, Wa All Stars lock horns with Ebusua Dwarfs at the Wa Stadium, while Bechem United play Medeama at the Fosu Gyeabour Park.

Debutants Karela United will welcome Eleven Wonders to the Anyinase Cam Park and WAFA will visit the Carl Reindorf Park to face Liberty Professionals.