Yaw Frempong Ampomah
Here's is the picture as i see it: The season is at it's most crucial moment with 7 games more to close it. Atop the league's table is a Kotoko team which has only managed to pick one point in their last three games, recording it's first home defeat in the process and leaving a real mathematical chance of seeing their somewhat healthy 9 point lead suctioned on by their closest contenders.
The defending champions face another real test when they host a determined Bechem United side on Sunday. Aside being impressive, United holds the record as the first to hand the porcupines a defeat this season on Matchday 7.
Kotoko must draw lessons from their Hearts of Lions encounter over two legs or risk being left with a laughter in 'Chinese' after 5pm on Sunday.
The Bechem side who currently lie 7th on the Ghana Premier League log have same motivation as the biggest gainers on Kotoko so far this term, Lions, or perhaps more because they have in their camp joint top scorer of the league, tomentor-in-chief and former Kotoko attacker, Augustine Okrah who has delivered 7 goals in his last 7 games for the Ahafo boys and on Seidu Bancey's 'case' to the hilt, looking to pip him to the goal king gong at the season's end.
Like Lions (with Edmund Owusu Ansah, Kojo Poku and Razik Mohammed), Bechem Utd have 'Kotoko elements' who have varying motives; some of which may not be the most pleasant considering how they perceive their various stay at Adako Jachie and even more importantly, how they left.
Godfred Fosu and former youth captain Stephen Asamoah complete the list of ex-kotoko players returning to the Baba Yara with an agenda contrary to what they once championed.
Kotoko are certainly in no position of comfort yet to want to find out what their motives might be. Of course, the visitors will welcome any laxity in resolve by Kotoko to tell their own story within 90 minutes.
Okrah may have been deemed surplus to requirement by Masud Didi Dramani but his talent and sheer abilities on the ball won't be lost so soon on Kotoko faithfuls, many of whom would recall the assist he served Ahmed Toure to pull level, ironically, against this same Bechem team in the 2011/12 season at the Baba Yara or the 30- metre salvo he fired all too perfectly to put the reds ahead later on in the match that fiercely ended 4-3 in Kotoko's favour.
Can't wait till it's Sunday already. Bechem must be feared and justifiably so.