Tricky duels for Kotoko in one week

When league action resumes this Sunday, Coach Michael Osei and his players will be presented with three delicate matches before the season finally closes on September 18. Going by the fixtures released by the Premier League Board at the commencement of the second round of the league, this season’s competition will end on September 18 and the matches left for Kotoko are tough ones but not impossible to win.

First, the Porcupines will be away to Medeama before they return to Obuasi to play regional rivals Ashgold and then settle at home to welcome the academy team, WAFA. In the first round under the tutelage of coach, David Duncan who was asked to step aside after the team’s poor results in six matches, Kotoko lost 2-0 to WAFA at Sogakope; drew goalless with Ashgold in Kumasi before their 2-2 pulsating draw also at home to Medeama.

This Sunday, September 11 at Tarkwa, Kotoko would have a huge mountain to climb as they seek victory for varying reasons. First and most importantly would be to better their position and subsequently appease their disappointed fans. Medeama who recorded a confident 2-0 win over Berekum Chelsea last Sunday in an outstanding match surely wouldn’t be mincemeat.

Medeama’s Africa campaign crashed recently following their inability to advance to the semi-final stage of the Confederation Cup. They are 5th on the league table with 41 points while Kotoko are 3rd with 42 points. Pundits have suggested that, changes shouldn’t be expected on top of the table where Wa All Stars are with 48 points followed quite closely by Aduana Stars who have 45 points.

The assumption by some pundits, even with three matches to go, is that, Wa All Stars wouldn’t slip to give the advantage to Aduana Stars, Kotoko or the struggling Hearts of Oak team. They say there’s very little victory would do especially for Kotoko in their bid to win the competition. That thought would have been very weak but for the weight Kotoko have themselves given it by not winning in their last three outings.

A barren game at home to Aduana Stars and another to Hasaacas in Sekondi plus the disappointing goalless draw against Berekum Chelsea in Kumasi have increasingly wounded Kotoko’s title ambition. The recent outcomes of the team’s matches is something that breaks the hearts of many supporters. Going into the last three tricky matches to be played within a week, the Porcupines must bear in mind that similar bad results would be disheartening.

The fans have laboured to see the team play beautifully and win like they did at Dansoman when they defeated Liberty Professionals 2-0 on match day 24. Why Kotoko can’t be winning remains a puzzle Coach Michael Osei and his charges must solve.

Events in their last match, where they created numerous chances gave loads of hope. With that, the Porcupines could return from Tarkwa and Obuasi with victories and stay home on the last match day of the 2015/16 season to punish WAFA but then, creation of chances without scoring doesn’t ensure victory. The team must begin to score to win to bring joy to the fans.

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