Granted that is totally unacceptable that the Ghana Football Association allows league matches on a FIFA international friendlies day, the Glo Premiership enters its 10th round today with even more exciting features. Hearts of Oak welcomes embattled Ashantigold SC at the Ohene Djan Stadium, while Asante Kotoko are guests to fellow top-four club Tema Youth. The Kotoko -Tema Youth fixture has been tipped as the match of the round. Many have described this game as the ultimate showdown between Kotoko’s coach, Isaac ‘Opeeley’ Boateng and a club whose hopes he raised and subsequently dashed – Tema Youth. Read game-by-game previews below….
ESSIPONG SPORTS, SEKONDI: Wise – RTU
RTU are poor away performers. It is quite difficult to explain and link all the myriad of factors which make RTU perennial bad away performers. Eleven Wise on the other hand, would have to capitalize on this historical fact about RTU to earn some three points. Both teams would be quite motivated for this game. Wise, returned from Wa in Round 9 with deflated egos. Losing this game will mean 6 points lost. Head coach Eddy Ghallager and his technical director Nana Agyeman would thus have much to play for in this game. In the case of RTU, they will be motivated for this game, having found some amazing form recently. Can the son of the legendary Abedi Ayew Pele, Rahim Ayew of Eleven Wise use this game to prove why he deserves a national team call? I put this game down to a draw.
BABAYARA SPORTS, KUMASI: King Faisal – Hasaacas
King Faisal are in good form. They went to Obuasi over the weekend to win and I do not see how Hasaacas who have found it difficult to win a match even on home soil will rob King Faisal of their potential three points.
SWEDRU PARK, SWEDRU: Gamba All Blacks – Liberty Professionals
In time past, I will have put my neck on the line for Liberty Professionals. However, they have become very inconsistent in recent games and have struggled to win points. But my gut-feeling is that Liberty will win this game. They have the quality.
OHENE DJAN, ACCRA: Hearts of Oak – Ashantigold
I will be shocked if Hearts of Oak does not get maximum points at Ohene Djan this round. They are having a good run this season. Compared to Hearts of Oak, Ashantigold is in sixes and sevens. They are relegation-threatened and do not seem to have a clue how to get out of this trap. Perhaps the return to fitness of Jacko Arafat can prove helpful, but really, it is not enough to stop Hearts of Oak’s run. Will Obed Ansah add to his goal tally? Will Tawrick Jibril work his magic? Sorry Ashantigold, Hearts has too much quality.
KPANDO PARK, KPANDO: Heart of Lions – All Stars
Last week, Lions drew with Bechem Chelsea away from home. At home, they will prove too difficult to beat. However, All Stars are good away performers. Given that Lions haven’t had a solid team this season, I will not be surprised if All Stars picks their second consecutive away draw at Kpando.
GOLDEN CITY PARK, BEREKUM: Berekum Arsenal – Bechem Chelsea
An exciting regional derby looms. This game will be exciting for many reasons, chief of which is the tactical disposition of the coaches in charge. Both coaches like to play fast-paced attacking football; falling on the use of creative midfielder. Arsenal will hardly lose at home and the Bechem lads will hardly lose a match – home or away. So fans can expect a tightly-fought match. In the end Arsenals look like they have more energy to win this game, not because of extra quality, but because of their intimidating fans who may cause the inexperience Bechem lads to lose concentration.
ANANE BOATENG STADIUM, ABRAMKESE: Kessben – Sporting Mirren
There is no point in giving Sporting Mirren false hopes. They are clearly the whipping lads of this season. This is a difficult match and they ought to be told in the face. Kessben is going to win at home. The question is, how many goals will Bashiru Hayford’s charges put in the Mirren net?
TEMA PARK, TEMA: Tema Youth – Asante Kotoko
There is no doubt, Kotoko has more quality than Tema Youth. However, sometimes football goes beyond the quality of the playing stock. A number of factors make this game potentially explosive and exciting . No one knows Tema Youth better than Isaac ‘Opeeley’ Boateng of Kotoko, who until last month was head coach of Tema Youth. He is likely to lead Kotoko to exploit the weaknesses of his former team. However, I am quite sure the players of Tema Youth will be psyched to teach ‘Opeeley’ the lesson of his life for deserting the team at the time he did. I expect Kotoko to win this game. If they do not find their rhythm, Tema Youth may get at least a point.