Ashgold turn attention to GPL.
Defending league champions Ashgold, after embarrassingly bowing out of the champions league will seek to redeem their image at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium when they host Berekum Chelsea. Ashgold won their first league game at the same venue when they inflicted a painful 2-1 defeat on Medeama.
Coach Bashiru Hayford’s side have been invincible at their home grounds in their last 16 games, having won 13 and sharing the spoils on three occasions.
Berekum Chelsea on the other hand have not been impressive playing away from home losing all their last five away games in the league. Both teams have picked three points so far with Ashgold having a game at hand.
‘Do or Die’ for Duncan
There is pressure on Asante Kotoko’s David Duncan after an impressive pre-season, having won the GHALCA top 6 tournament.
The porcupine warriors meanwhile begun the season on a sloppy note with a shocking 0-2 loss on opening day to academy boys West Africa Football Academy (WAFA).
Having raised hope of their hopes to the heavens during the off season and particularly when their bitterest rivals (Hearts of Oak) are soaring on with two wins in two games, they will expect nothing but a win.
Meanwhile there is similar tension mounting in the camp of their opponents, Medeama SC.
Having also enjoyed a successful preseason and beating defending league champions, Ashgold to the Super Cup, Medeama have lost all their two games thus far in the league.
Swedish trainer, Tom Strand has since been under pressure to turn the tables in favour of the Mauve and Yellows side. Captain Muntari Tagoe has however downplayed potential crisis in their camp following their back to back losses.
Both sides played in the finals of the FA Cup last season in which Medeama triumphed over Kotoko 2-1. Nonetheless, the away team have enjoyed a good run whenever they play at the Baba Yara Stadium.
General Manager of Kotoko, Opoku Nti has described the clash as a “do or die” for the red army. Luckily for Duncan, six of his injured players including G6 most valuable player Kwame Boateng and striker Dauda Mohammed will be available for the clash.
Tricky game for Dwarfs
Ebusua Dwarfs will face another tall order as they welcome in-form Hearts of Oak side at the Robert Mensah Stadium.
Hearts of Oak have recorded two victories in two games so far and look a very formidable side. They are among the three teams who have not considered any goal in the season thus far.
Same cannot be said about a Dwarfs side who have failed to score a single goal so far and have lost all their two games.
Manager of the side J.E. Sarpong has allayed fears of his potential sacking if things do not change in their camp, saying “There should not be any panic. I have the backing of the management and all stakeholders of the club”.
Dwarfs will hope that lethal striker Bright Lukman will regain his lost form in the Division 1 last season to propel them towards their first victory of the season.
The Phobians on the otherhand, seem to have found their rhythm with coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi tactics after an uninspired off season. They look much more motivated to pick all three points.
Aduana in first test after Nuru exit
It is always interesting to watch regional rivals play not just for the points involved but the bragging rights thereafter.
New entrants Techiman City after losing 2-4 to Hasaacas away will seek to appease their home fans with a victory when they play Aduana Stars in a regional derby at the Techiman Park.
Aduana Stars received a devastating blow this week with the resignation of their head coach Nuru Amadu citing personal reasons.
Deputy coach, Kwabena Ameyaw was also rather surprisingly asked by the management of the club to step down following the resignation of his boss.
Goal keepers’ trainer, Kwesi Ankamah has since been tasked to lead the Dormaa giants into this weekend’s clash as interim coach. Aduana Stars appear to be going through some form of crisis and the ‘citizens’ will hope to capitalize on that.