GPL WEEK 5: Leaders Asante Kotoko Visit Karela, Ashgold Search For Bright Spot And More…

League leaders Asante Kotoko will trek to the West to play Karela United FC on Match Day Five of the Ghana Premier League at the CAM Park. The Ghanaian giants who have been the toast of town thus far have picked four wins from four matches and heads to the West to face a side they defeated 2-0 last season.

Asante Kotoko have scored 8 goals and conceded one – keeping three clean sheets against Bechem United, Bibiani Gold Stars and Eleven Wonders.

Coach Prosper Narteh-Ogum has found the key to unlocking the defense of opponents with Isaac Oppong (3), Emmanuel Boateng (2), Abdul Ganiyu (1), Richmond Lamptey(1), and Mudasiru Salifu (1) finding the back of the net in the first four matches of the season.

The Porcupine Warriors have won all two away matches (Dreams FC) and (Bibiani Gold Stars) and will fight for the three points at Aiyinase on Sunday. Asante Kotoko will be without two of their influential players – Richmond Lamptey and Mudasiru Salifu due to suspension and Coach Prosper Ogum need to find the right replacement for them.

Karela United have bagged 5 points from their first four matches of the season – with an average record of one win, two draws, and one defeat. They lost 2-0 to Medeama SC in a Match Day Four contest on Monday but that came after their opening day draw against Aduana FC at home.

The Aiyinase based side have lost some key players to the foreign market while others have joined other Ghanaian Premier League sides. Last season’s top scorer Diawusie Taylor has moved to Egyptian Premier League side Future FC while former Captain Sadiq Alhassan and goalkeeper Richard Baidoo have joined Legon Cities and Hearts of Oak respectively.

They are expected to push for the points against leaders Asante Kotoko despite their unconvincing start to the new season – winning and drawing the other home match.

Karela United have a very strong record at home but that invincibility was broken by Asante Kotoko last season as the Porcupine Warriors beat them 2-0 to end a long standing home invincibility that spanned over four seasons.

Legon Cities will cross swords with Aduana FC on Match Day five of the Ghana Premier League on Friday night.

The match which comes off at the Accra Sports stadium will pit two strong sides against each other in an uncompromising encounter.

Aduana FC who were battered by King Faisal 3-1 at home on match day two have recovered quite well from that setback following a draw with Hearts of Oak in Accra and a 5-1 win against Real Tamale United on Sunday.

The two-time champions began the season with an away draw (1-1) against Karela United at Ainyinase where Emmanuel Gyamfi scored his first goal for the Ogya lads since his summer move from Asante Kotoko.

The Dormaa based side seem to have found their rhythm with the likes of Bright Adjei, Yahaya Mohammed and Emmanuel Gyamfi scoring against Real Tamale United. They have scored 8 and conceded 6 – a defensive situation that gives Coach Asare Bediako much to ponder about.

Legon Cities have improved under Maxwell Konadu in the on-going season – having won one – drawn twice and lost one – with the only defeat being a 1-0 loss to Accra Great Olympics on Match Day Three. The Citizens held Champions Hearts of Oak to a goalless draw on the opening day of the season before dispatching Real Tamale United 3-2 in Accra.

They head into this tie with some inspiration from the 2-2 draw against WAFA on Sunday. Asamoah Boateng Afriyie scored in the 83rd minute to give Legon Cities a priceless 2-2 draw against WAFA.

Lawrence Agyekum scored the games’ first goal in the 5th minute but that was cancelled by Jonah Attuquaye two minutes later as Legon Cities showed bravery and confidence especially in the first half.

The addition of Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama), Nii Bortey Acquaye (WAFA), Michel Otu (Great Olympics), Nafiu Suleymana (Inter Allies), Rahman Abdul (Heart of Lions), Asamoah Boateng Afriyie (Asokwa Deportivo) and Abdul Hamza (Inter Allies) have been immense to the side as they aim to improve their performance this season.

The two teams have massed 5 points each and sit 7th (Aduana) and 8th (Legon Cities) in the League standings.

The match is scheduled for 6pm kick off at the Accra Sports stadium on Friday, November 26, 2021.

Meanwhile, the clash of the new boys will take place at DUN’S Park at Bibiani where Gold Stars host Accra Lions on Sunday. Gold Stars have won one and lost one of their first two home matches and a win against Accra Lions will do their confidence a lot of good after losing 1-0 to Asante Kotoko on Match Day three.

WAFA will also play Accra Great Olympics at the WAFA Park on Sunday. The Academy boys twice gave away their lead to draw 2-2 with Legon Cities in their last outing while Great Olympics came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Dreams FC ast the Accra Sports stadium.

Maxwell Abbey Quaye scored a brace before Samuel Aramah netted the third to cancel Abdul Fatawu Issahaku and Philemon Baffuor’s first half strikes.

In another fixture – Real Tamale United who were heavily pummelled 5-1 by Aduana FC will clash with AshantiGold SC at the Aliu Mahama stadium in Tamale.

AshantiGold SC goes into the game with fresh memories off their impressive 2-0 win against Champions Accra Hearts of Oak. The Miners sit in 5th place in the League standings with 7 points while Real Tamale United occupies the 13th spot with 4 points.

 

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