1 March 2011

Ghana: GLO Premier League Bounces Back, Kotoko Confronts Edubiase Threat

Following the drawing of the curtain on the 2nd edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament staged in Sudan, where the local Black Stars performed abysmally, culminating in their ignominious elimination at the group stage, all attention that tourney grabbed would be switched onto the local scene tomorrow, when as per the Professional League Board's (PLB) programme for the 2010/2011 season the Glo Premier League bounces back.

A cursory look at the 20th week fixtures leaves no one in doubt that the Edubiase-Kotoko clash easily passes as the top liner for the week. This is premised on the two points separating the two sides, in addition to the implication of a win or loss to either side.

While Edubiase's impressive showing this season has ensured them a berth at the 4th position on the league ladder, Asante Kotoko, which was out of sorts at the early stages of the league, are currently lying 6th and are still on the mend.

However, the same cannot be said of their archrivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, who were until recently, Kotoko's teammates as far as life at the bottom rungs of the league ladder was concerned.

In a year that the Phobians have a huge expectation of winning the league to equal Kotoko's record of 21 titles, Hearts of Oak have had their worst season ever. Not even the one they experienced after winning the league title in 1989/90 season holds a candle to the current unpleasant experience.

Not only have they lost the opportunity to win the league title in their centenary year, but they have also been bundled out of the FA Cup.

Under normal circumstances, a league match between Hearts of Oak and Mighty Jets should not be tagged a match of equals, but the current state of Hearts shamefully lying 14th with Mighty Jets two clear points ahead of them, makes it a match of equals.

To have any hope of preserving their status as a premier league club in Ghana, the oldest existing team in the country needs to dig deeper into their reserve tomorrow to snatch the three points from the freshers in the league.

But aware of the consequence of defeat, Mighty Jets will also be out to continue with the debarking of the once glorious oak tree and further reduce its chances of survival in a league in which it is a Methuselah.

Snugly seated at the summit of the league table with seemingly unassailable 41 points is Chelsea of Bechem, who are also ten clear points adrift of the second place team, Medeama S/C.

But against Dwarfs tomorrow, Chelsea might just give their followers another reason to smile, as Dwarfs have lately looked a bit jaded.

Bottom club, B. A. Stars F/C will cross swords with Wa All Stars, whose performance has taken a nose dive, obviously following the departure of their enterprising striker, Nathaniel Asamoah.

Defending Champions, Aduana Stars, who were last Sunday bundled out of the CAF Champions League would have to work harder than they have done if they are to close the gap between them and the league leaders.

They can only do that if they prove equal to the task by beating Liberty Professionals, who have had a torrid season.

Regional 'foes', King Faisal and AshGold will slug it out to see which of them deserves the three points at stake, while at Tamale, Real Tamale United, who have had their worst season since joining the elite league in 1974 will aim at taming the Lions from Kpando to start navigating their way out of the relegation web in which they have been caught.

Second place, Medeama S/C will seek to give their catching up efforts a shot in the arm when they come face-to-face with conquerors of Hearts of Oak, Berekum Arsenals.

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