Sports News of Sunday, 16 June 2019
The most significant fixture in the ongoing GFA Normalisation Committee (NC) Unique Level of competition will acquire spot this afternoon as Hearts of Oak clash with bitter rivals Asante Kotoko in a Tier 1 semi-last duel at the Accra Sports activities Stadium.
The game has built a lot of headlines in the earlier couple of weeks for different factors, which includes the sharing of gate proceeds, Kotoko pulling out of the event and afterwards rescinding their selection pursuing a misunderstanding with the GFA.
The stakes are substantial in today’s sport as the winner will inch nearer to proclaiming the sole CAF Champions League slot, as nicely as earning the bragging legal rights.
The match offers an option to Hearts’ Kim Grant and C.K Akunnor of Asante Kotoko to occur confront to confront towards each and every other for the initial time due to the fact they took demand of their respective groups.
Both equally coaches ended up as soon as teammates in the Black Stars who have turned all over the fortunes of their respective golf equipment, with Coach Akunnor leading the Porcupine Warriors to the group phase of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. Mentor Grant, on his section, has transformed reasonably unfamiliar players into a formidable side which went unbeaten in the team phase, main to their finishing tops in Team B.
Talking to the Everyday Graphic ahead of the large clash, Mentor Grant said that he was centered on producing an look in Africa with his newly built facet right after the prospect to make it as a result of to the closing of the Tier 2 levels of competition eluded Hearts, next a surprising defeat to Division Just one facet Unistar Academy.
On the other hand, Akonnor’s side has appreciated a pretty excellent campaign in both of those competitions and could be assured possibly the CAF Confederation Cup or the CAF Champions League ticket, based on the end result of their final two video games.
In what could be a blow for Kotoko, Mentor Akunnor will be without the need of his to start with-choice keeper, Felix Annan, who is presently in Dubai with the Black Stars, whilst predating striker, Songne Yacouba may also not be match enough to associate Abdul Fatawu Safiu who will feature for Kotoko today following failing to make the remaining 23-man squad of Mentor Kwesi Appiah.
With the return of Mohammed Alhassan also from Dubai, Coach Grant will parade his comprehensive squad tomorrow in opposition to Kotoko in this important fight which is healthy for the gods.
Meanwhile, Karela United will vacation to the Obuasi Len Clay stadium to enjoy Ashantigold in the other semi-ultimate match.