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Karela United face Nations FC in survival battle on Saturday

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Karela United vs Nations FC: 15:00 GMT, Nalerigu

Karela United and Nations FC get round 29 of the Ghana Premier League underway when they go head- to- head at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex in Nalerigu on Saturday.

While United set out looking to secure consecutive wins for the first time this season, the visitors head into the game knowing another slip will effectively kill their chase for the Premier League title.

Abubakar Damba's side did themselves a power of good by beating Aduana Stars 2-1 at Dormaa Ahenkro to move just above the relegation zone.

The Tamale-based side showed the appetite for the fight that teams down there will need as they continue their push to avoid the drop from the Ghanaian top-flight.

Nations FC appears to have lost the spark as they are without a win in their last four matches - losing two and drawing two in the past month.

Karela United have accumulated 34 points from 28 matches and sit 13th on the table, having won 2, drawn 1 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 outings.

They have managed to secure 25 points at home, scoring 15 and conceding 11. They have recorded only one defeat at home in this campaign against Bechem United.

Nations FC are second on the table with 45 points, trailing leaders FC Samartex 1996 by 7 points on 52.

They have recorded 1 win, 2 draws and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 encounters. Coach Mingle Ocansey’s side have grabbed 12 points, scoring 4 and conceding 13 goals away from home.  Nations FC are yet to record a draw away from home.  They have won 4 and suffered 9 losses and ranked as the 7th best away performers so far.

Karela United are yet to host Nations FC at home after gaining promotion into the top-flight in the 2023/24 season.

Karela United can count on Giyasu Ibrahim, Welbeck Takyi, Hafiz Abdulai, Solomon Aboagye, Maxwell Agyemang, Samuel Arthur, Mohammed Asigre, Samuel Atta Kumi, Mohammed Awal, Fatawu Mohammed, Jibril Nurudeen and Basit Abdul for the game on Saturday.

Nations FC star man Asamoah Boateng Afriyie will be available for the game and hope to extend his 10-goal tally.

Other Key players include, Emmanuel Boahene, Razak Simpson, Prince Acquah, Isaac Asare, Michael Awuah, Barimah Baah, Prince Badu, Nafiu Sulemana, Nuamah Blankson, Abdul Karim and Victor Oduro are all available for selection.