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[GPL MATCH PREVIEW]: Kotoko search first win over Berekum Chelsea since 2010

Berekum Chelsea will on Sunday play against Asante Kotoko in a Match Day two fixture at the Golden City park.

The last time Kotoko overcame Chelsea at their own backyard was on January 3rd 2010. Since then, the Porcupine Warriors have struggled to beat the ‘Bibires’ boys.

The Blues snatched a point in their opening game against Legon Cities at the Accra Stadium having thrown away an early lead to settle 1-1 against the Royals. Asante Kotoko endured a nightmarish encounter against Eleven Wonders on Sunday, settling for a 1-1 against the Techiman-based side.

Berekum Chelsea will hope to make a winning start at home, setting up a tough encounter at the dreaded Golden City Park. The Blues have in their team experienced players who have the capacity of changing games in difficult situations. They have in their squad, championship winning trio, Edward Kpodo, Jordan Opoku and Richard Kissi Boateng. The three players were part of the Chelsea squad that won the Ghana Premier League in 2012.

They also have in their ranks, Stephen Sarfo, Stephen Amankona and Kofi Owusu, players who played a key part in their campaign last season.

Chelsea have picked a total of nine (9) from 15 points in their last five (5) home game – churning out three (3) victories and suffering two (2) defeats.

On the contrary, Kotoko has managed to record three (3) wins from five (5) away games, drawing one (1) and losing one (1) – scoring four (4) and conceding two (2).

Kotoko Coach Maxwell Konadu is sweating on the fitness of some of his players, a situation he admits, affected their play against Techiman Eleven Wonders on Match Day One.

New recruits, Sulley Muniru, Fabio Gama and Patrick Asmah would need a few more weeks to gain full fitness but they still have some amazing talents in their set up.

Kotoko’s stand out player in last Sunday’s game was goalkeeper Felix Annan. He took his spot very well when he was called upon to play ahead of Kwame Baah and much will depend on him in this encounter.

Emmanuel Keyekeh struggled for a larger part of the game against Wonders but the former Karela United player possess the quality to make a difference in the Asante Kotoko midfield. Kotoko lacked creativity in the opening game but the arrival of Christopher Nettey is a welcoming news for Coach Maxwell Konadu.

The former Attram De Visser right back missed the season opener because of national team duties with the Black Stars.

Moro Ibrahim, Yusif Mubarik, Ismail Ganiyu, Adomako Frimpong, Kwame Poku, Emmanuel Gyamfi and Osman Ibrahim have to work above themselves to win at Berekum.

Kotoko haven’t been impressive in recent visits to Berekum. The Porcupine Warriors have won just two, lost three and drawn five in their last 10 meetings.

 

Excerpts taken from GFA

By: Kofi Amoah

Twitter: @milikykophy

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