By Kwabena 'Onike' Boateng
With two matches set to end the first round of Ghana Premier League, the competition especially for places in the top section of the league gets increasingly keener and action at all the league centres will continue unabated.
Kotoko will welcome Medeama to the Baba Yara Stadium with their mind set on retaining their top spot to close the first round. They look favourites to do so but Medeama after an earlier false start have re-discovered their form under Coach Augustine Allottey and could be a slippery floor for the Champions especially after they forced them to a draw in an action-packed game last season at the same venue.
Hearts of Oak are still serving their home match ban and will be force to host Aduana Stars at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium. Their first match serving the ban was a loss but they know that any further slip could hand the title to rivals, Kotoko whom they trail by four points. Coach Polo has promised to continue the restoration of the Phobian glory and if the Cape Coast match is a yard stick, then Aduana now under Miroslav Bogdanovic will be in for trouble on Sunday.
Fans at Tema can be assured of beautiful football on Sunday during the Tema derby between Interallies and Amidaus. Both sides have served premier league followers with nice football skills although Inter Allies have little to show for, languishing at the bottom of the league. Coach Herbert Addo is set to do the unthinkable and after recording two wins, the Tema derby will be a delight to watch.
Edubiase return to familiar grounds at the Bekwai Gyamfi and await Ebusua Dwarfs. Dwarfs are enjoying a topsy turvy season with bad away performance. Their last away trip to Dormaa was laden with goals to carry away and if Edubiase impressive last home game is anything to go by, then Sunday could also be an avalanche of goals for the Cape Coast side to carry away.
Hasaacas will host Faisal at the Essipong Stadium and with Faisal yet to win a league game away this season, the Giants from the West looks set to carry all 3points on the day. Faisal will have to find a way to convince striker Sulley Mohammed to stay with overtures coming from many clubs and the prodigy could prove a thorn in the side for the Hasaacas defence.
Ashgold’s title chase lies in their own hands and as they trek to Bechem to play Bechem United they know that they should earn at least a draw to keep them within the chase. Five points adrift the table top, Bashiru Hayford and his men like Latif Mohammed needs to play above themselves as Bechem United has already shown how deadly they can be at home beating Kotoko when they visited. A draw looks so much on the cards, but an Ashgold victory could throw the title race much open.
Struggling former Champions, Berekum FC continue the search for the elixir that seemed to have eluded them. The once title contenders need a near perfect game to rise above their unusal 13th position when Liberty Professionals come visiting. Their skipper, Abdul Basit could be on his way out but the least the fans will expect is a win on Sunday against a Liberty side yet to show real character in the league.
Wa All Stars are still without a home win since week 8 of the league and have failed to score in their last two home matches. Hearts of Lions are in 6th position and as they go to Wa will be keeping tabs to make a jump for a top 4 place. Already having stolen wins on 2 away trips this season, a third will not be beyond them but Wa All Stars are as formidable as any team on their home turf. A cagey game is expected.
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