GPL match week six: who wins the Kumasi derby?

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Ghana Premier League

The 2021/2022 Ghana Premier League (GPL) appears to be dominated by the two Kumasi-based clubs, Kumasi Asante Kotoko and King Faisal, at least after the opening five matches of the season.

Asante Kotoko currently occupy the summit of the league log with 13 points, closely followed by their city rivals, King Faisal who has so far accumulated 10 points out of a possible 15.

The Porcupine warriors also remain the only club yet to taste defeat after winning four consecutive matches, two of which were on the road, and drawing one to maintain an unbeaten run so far.

King Faisal, on the other hand, has proven to be one of the surprise packages of the ongoing league after escaping relegation last season by a whisker.

In fact most football pundits had written off Faisal as league contenders ahead of the season but those who held that view might just be compelled to eat the humble pie.

With the resurgence of King Faisal and the sterling performance of Asante Kotoko in the league, football fans in Kumasi and its environs are set to witness a cagey encounter between the two sides on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The last time the two met at the Baba Yara Stadium in 2014, King Faisal won by a goal to nil but unfortunately bowed out of the premier league that same year together with Ebusua Dwarfs and Amidaus Professionals.

There was, however, no Kumasi derby last season despite the return of King Faisal to the premiership due to the closure of the Baba Yara Stadium for renovation.

While Asante Kotoko initially adopted the Accra Sports Stadium as their home ground and later moved to the Len Clay Stadium at Obuasi, King Faisal opted to play their home matches at the Nana Ameyaw Park at Techiman.

It is for this reason that the matchday six encounter between the two teams in Kumasi which is the first time in seven years is generating a lot of excitement in the city with both sides hopeful of picking all the three points at stake.

Ahead of the match, Alhaji Karim Grusah, Owner of King Faisal, has promised to beat Kotoko on Sunday in various radio interviews.

Asante Kotoko is, however, determined to maintain their 100 percent record at the Baba Yara Stadium this season with another win over their city rivals.

The match, therefore, promises to be fireworks as the two clubs lock horns in what is obviously the top liner for this weekend’s round of matches.

A win for Asante Kotoko means the Porcupines would extend their lead by at least six points but the opposite outcome would separate the two sides only by goal difference.

Meanwhile, the build-up to the match is already gathering momentum in Kumasi with supporters of the two teams predicting a win for their clubs, but the big question remains who wins the Kumasi derby?

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