Dwarfs-Kotoko match preview
Posted on: Thu Mar 22, 2012
Kotoko supporters in the Brong Ahafo Region will this Sunday have an excellent chance to watch their idol club in action again when Ebusua Dwarfs engage Kotoko in the 21st week of 2011/2012 Glo Premier League match at the Sunyani Coronation Park.
The Mysterious Dwarfs’ date with Kotoko should have originally been played in Cape Coast.
A closure of the Robert Mensah Stadium by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following Dwarfs supporters’ dreadful assault on the match officials in their game against Aduana Stars on March 11 however moved the upcoming encounter to the Sunyani Coronation Park.
Questions have been asked as to where the Dwarfs-Kotoko game was going to be played.
The Premier League Board (PLB) answered those questions when it announced that Dwarfs would use the Sunyani Coronation Park as their home. That piece of news was received with great joy by Kotoko supporters in the Brong Ahafo as it gives them another good opportunity to watch Coach Maxwell Konadu and his charges in action.
In less than a month, Kotoko have played two crunch games in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The team chalked two hard fought goalless draws – the first against Aduana Stars at Dormaa-Ahenkro on February 29 and the second last Wednesday against Chelsea.
This Sunday will thus mark the third time Kotoko will trek to the famous region.
Besides the supporters’ happiness which was confirmed in an interview on Wednesday by the Secretary of the Brong Ahafo Regional Circles Council, Nana Agyenim Boateng, there is also the strong feeling that the region has offered Kotoko a good omen this season.
The firm conviction of the Brong Ahafo fans is that a heavy dose of that good omen would be in stock for the team when they face Dwarfs. Aside that it is worth noting that Kotoko supporters in the region have this season shown immense loyalty to the team. These fans’ unflinching support was really seen in the first round when the team visited the Golden City Park to face Berekum Arsenal in the 5th week, a game which ended 1-1.
That 1-1 result including the two goalless score lines in the matches against Aduana Stars and Berekum Chelsea means that Kotoko have recorded three draws in their visits to the Brong Ahafo Region this season. The outcome of Sunday’s game is however likely to be different.
The fabulous lads are bent on giving their fans in the region and also across the country an exciting package, something much bigger than what they have offered during their recent visits. Although Dwarfs will be the home team, the kind of passionate support they enjoy in Cape Coast would be completely missing.
Kotoko no doubt would have a strong support base and coupled with their impressive run, Ebusua Dwarfs who are 8th on the league table with 28 points would have to play above themselves to derail Coach Maxwell Konadu and his players’ brilliant progress.
In the first round, 10th week clash at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on December 4, 2011, Ebusua Dwarfs gave Asante Kotoko a stiff challenge but the Porcupines won 1-0. The good news is that Kotoko have seen remarkable transformation which means Dwarfs would have to fight much harder than they did in the Kumasi game to dream of a win.
The brilliance of Kotoko notwithstanding, the team must eschew complacency at this moment. Though an unlikely defeat would not lead to Kotoko’s fall from the first position on the league table, it would dent the team’s fine run and possibly puncture the players’ confidence. That explains why the fabulous lads must go all out and put Dwarfs to sleep to fortify the grip of the top spot and further make the club’s Brong Ahafo fans and all other Kotoko happy.
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