match-preview-asante-kotoko-sc-vrs-aduana-stars-resurgent-reds-welcome-ogya-boysOn any regular day, one may be tempted to believe Hearts of Oak is Asante Kotoko’s foe domestically but in Aduana Stars, Asante Kotoko has a new foe. They are sons of two powerful kingdoms in the country. Matches involving the two are tumultuous, controversial and very important to both.
On Sunday, a rejuvenated Asante Kotoko side will welcome their new foe at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. After their loss to Hearts of Oak and Karela FC, Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin sought management’s permission to let go of certain key players and replace them with virtually unknown stars from the lower tier leagues. That radical decision seems to have paid off as convincing results against Elmina Sharks and Liberty Professionals exonerates Fabin from the mishaps of the past weeks. The draw at Dansoman on Wednesday puts Kotoko fifth on the log with 21 points, five behind leaders Medeama SC. Buoyed by their recent performances, the Porcupine Warriors are the bookmakers’ favourite grab all maximum points. They are unbeaten in their last three games; winning two and drawing one. In Sogne Yacouba, the hosts posses a lethal weapon that can undone stubborn defences and thus making this Kotoko team a force to reckon with.
Lying fourteenth with four outstanding games to play, Yusif Abubakar and his men will have at the back of their minds that, a loss in Sunday’s key clash would be disastrous for them, signaling either the end of successfully retaining the title they won last season or missing out on a place in the top four. Much was expected from this Aduana Stars’ team because of the massive recruitment but unfortunately, they’ve flattered to deceive. With an avalanche of players in their fold, the Ogya Boys are yet to find their rhythm. Hopefully their triumph over Bechem United on Thursday would be enough motivation for them to wreak havoc in Kumasi. It’s not been a good ground for them but they left the same venue last year with a point and could repeat same if the likes of Nathaniel Asamoah, Sam Adams, Yahaya Mohammed will convert the chances that comes their way.
Probable line ups
Aduana Stars: Addo,Amankwah,Anane,Aidoo,Badu,Opoku,Oba Ikama,Martey,Mohammed,Adjei,Mumuni
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah2018-06-02 12:09:47Aduana Stars