Paa Kwesi Holds Key As Kotoko Meet Lions At Kpando
Top 4 Champions, Kpando Heart of Lions’ hundred per cent home record comes under threat on Sunday as their former coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin, leads Asante Kotoko in search of their first away win in the seventh week fixtures of the Glo Premier League.
Coach Fabin has been under fire since taking over the reins at Kotoko with two home wins, three draws and a loss, but last Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over RTU may well be the propeller for Sunday’s clash with his former club, Lions, whom he guided to win the Top 4 tournament.
Difficult as it might look, Coach Fabin’s role in nurturing most of the current Lions players, first as an assistant, and later as head coach, may be his motivation that, if for nothing at all, he knows the philosophy and temperament of the players whom he helped build.
But Lions have moved on since Coach Fabin left, with different approaches to games under Olando Wellington which have made them at least, for now, invincible at home.
That, indeed, makes Coach Fabin’s task much burdensome, and against the backdrop that the last time the two sides met in Kpando, Kotoko were the victors.
But Coach Wellington’s experience at the under-20 World Cup where he assisted Sellas Tetteh as the first African to win the World Youth Championship seems to have paid off so far. It is that experience and the bite he seems to have brought to Lions that could make the difference at Kpando Park where the entire township is expected to witness the “challenge.”
Just like Lions, New Edubiase have been unshaken at home, winning all three matches, but could crumble under the furnace of league leaders, Kessben, who have opened a four-point gap at the summit.
Veteran trainer E. K. Afranie of New Edubiase faces off with one of the emerging forces in coaching, Bashir Hayford, who has transformed Kessben into a championship status. Afranie’s wit and familiarity with the local game, as against Hayford’s foresight, will be an exciting spectacle to behold at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.
Coaches C. K. Akonnor and Nii Odartey Lamptey’s steam at Wise must be waning, and they might further be sunk by Liberty Professionals at the Carl Reindorf Park, Dansoman, while sensational Chelsea could take advantage of Hearts’ poor showing to add to their woes at the Ohene Djan Stadium.
Ashgold have a difficult away game at the Berekum Golden City Park where they play as guests of Arsenal. The two have had good take-offs occupying the second and third positions on the log respectively, and with only a point separating them, the match could go down to the wire.
After beating Liberty last Wednesday, Great Olympic travel up north as guests of RTU, King Faisal engage struggling All Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium, while Hasaacas host Aduana Stars at the Sekondi Stadium. Share Your Thoughts on this article Name Email Location Comments Graphic Ghana may edit your comments and not all comments will be published