Weekend’s premiership preview

15 years ago

Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak after restoring their dominance on log would seek to further confirm their prowess when the first round of the league enters its penultimate stage this weekend.

Though the Porcupine Warriors lead the standings at least for now, Hearts of Oak who are second have a game to spare after the Review Committee on Thursday dismissed an application against a decision to give back to the Phobians their deducted points and goals.

This weekend’s round of fixtures kicked off on Saturday with the top encounter at the Tema park ending in a draw.

The Phobians, though two points behind the leaders - Asante Kotoko who play on Sunday, still have a game in hand.

Ablade Morgan continued with his fine scoring form as he put Hearts of Oak in front after Liberty goalkeeper, Kotei Blankson made a complete hush of a cross leaving the striker with an easy opportunity to tap in from close range.

A shot at goal hit the hand of Hearts of Oak defender resulting in the spot kick which Tua Khamis slotted home past Laud Quartey in post for the Phobians to make it 1-1.

Liberty had two goals disallowed by referee Osei Nsiah.

The first came in the 62nd minute, when the referee ruled against the goal for a foul on the Hearts of Oak goalkeeper.

And on the stroke on full time another Liberty Professionals goal by Kofi Nti Boakye was again disallowed, this time for an offside.

On Sunday, the bulk of the weekend’s matches would kick off at 15:00 GMT at six league centers nationwide.

The Obuasi Len Clay stadium would see Great Olympics playing away to AshantiGold.

The Miners have struggled to regain their form in their last four games. They have only managed four points from the maximum twelve.

And the Wonder Boys would endeavor to leave the Len Clay grounds with at least a point.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko after receiving the green light to shift grounds would take on Tema Youth at their new home base in Cape Coast, the Robert Mensah stadium.

The Porcupine Warriors who are faced with the possibility of surrendering their lead to their rivals – Hearts of Oak, who have a game in hand would struggle to pick all the maximum points at stake.

In Berekum, Arsenals return to the Golden City park where they host bottom club, Power FC.

At the Tema park, Real Sportive welcome Sekondi Hasaacas on match-day-XIV.

Gamba All Blacks, who have put up a improved performance play at home to Bofoakwa Tano. The Black Magicians have been unbeaten at their home grounds, the Swedru park.

Then at the Kpando park, Heart of Lions return home after suffering an away defeat last weekend to take on Real Tamale United.

The game between King Faisal and Feyenoord Academy has been postponed to midweek to make way for the international fixture between Ghana and the Ivory Coast on Sunday at the Sunyani Coronation park.