As the old adage says, “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” The ongoing Ghanaian Premier League clearly corroborates this saying. Week in, week out, the football populace are embraced with with shocking results across the length and breath of the country. Match Day 13 kicks off tomorrow at the various league centres and as usual we will be in for some shocking results.
At the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi Asante Kotoko will welcome Aduana Stars in a match dubbed ‘Redemption for Kotoko.’ It is so because the Porcupine Warriors have not been convincing since losing to their sworn rivals Accra Hearts of Oak. Asante Kotoko have lost two games and drawn two. Buoyed by their FA cup triumph last weekend, the Kumasi-based club is expected to count on their home invincibility and get the maximum points to better their chances of annexing the championship and bringing smiles to the faces of their fans.
Amos Frimpong and charges must play above themselves to achieve this feat. Currently placed second on the log and trailing leaders by a point, Aduana will come all out to ensure they pick a point from the game as was the case last season. The 2010 champions have recorded just a win in their last five away games but have lost once to their hosts, Asante Kotoko in their last five meetings. With the likes of Derrick Sasraku, Bright Adjei and Nathaniel Asamoah, a draw is likely.
The Phobians who are enjoying a good run under gaffer Frank Nuttal will play as visitors of debutant Bolga All Stars. The Phobians look revivified since the return of Winful Cobbina and would thus count on his immense talent to snatch the maximum points from their opponents. Bolga All Stars won’t go down without a fight. They did against Asante Kotoko when the shared the spoils hence are in good position to repeat same against Accra Hearts of Oak.
Tom Strand and Accra Great Olympics team will welcome regional rivals, Team Youth in the battle for survival. The hosts lies 14th on the log trailing 13th placed Tema Youth with two points. A lot will be expected from Abel Manormey and Benardinho Tetteh to lift Accra Great Olympics up the ladder but they should be wary of Tema Youth sensation, Joseph Paintsil who can wreak havoc on any good day.
Buoyed by their drawn game against Hearts of Oak on match day 12, Elimina Sharks will go into this game as favourites ahead of Inter Allies. Struggling Ashantigold FC will give Medeama SC a hard time but they should be tough to crack. The Miners are surprisingly lying at the bottom of the sixteen-team league with just eight points and really need to win to boost their chances of survival. With the presence of their new trainer, C.K. Akonnor, anything other than a victory won’t welcomed by their fans.
League leaders WAFA are tipped to stretch their lead on the log as they welcome Liberty Professionals at their Sogakope park. The Academy lads are in the form of their lives and would want to add their opponents to their list of victims.
Fifth-placed Brekum Chelsea will seek to move up the ladder but will have a stern test against sixth-placed Wa All Stars. With just a point separating the two sides, the defending champions can pick a point from this game judging from the good displays when on the road.
Bechem United has a daunting task ahead in the name of Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs. The homesters started the season strongly, but their performance retrogressed. Bechem is in seventh place with Dwarfs eighth on the log. Football fans who will troop to the Bechem Park will surely be entertained by the likes of Ahmed Toure, Akoto Danso, Nicholas Gyan among others.