Kotoko players are hoping to end the first phase of the 2016/17 Premier League on a good note. As such, they have resolved to go all out in their two remaining matches starting first of all with the away game against Great Olympics and then Tema Youth at home on the last day.
“We started well. We have to end well especially now that, things have gone badly” said Michael Akuffu in an interview with Asantekotokosc.com. He hoped that the team would find their form in the capital this weekend. The Porcupines pitched camp in Accra on Saturday afternoon to finalise preparation for the 60th independence anniversary match with their arch rivals.
Management thus decided that, the team stays in Accra and have time for their date with Olympics, who they play at the Accra Sports Stadium this Saturday in their 2016/17 Premier League, match day 14 fixture. Olympics are themselves underperforming this season. They are 14th on the table as the first round of the competition cruises to an end.
They recently strengthened their technical team, bringing in Coach Tom Strand from Sweden, who is to team up with player-coach, Godwin Attram to turn things around. Olympics would hope to capitalise on their home advantage to discover their form but against Kotoko, who in search of a revival, the Dade Boys would have a huge mountain to climb.
The Porcupines have lost their last three away matches to Hearts, Medeama and Wa All Stars. Another away loss would be very disappointing. The players ought to delve deep into their pot of experience to write a different script in Accra this weekend. They must perform well and be victorious to make the targeted fine first round finish a reality.
The last of Kotoko’s first round matches would be against Tema Youth, who have also been fighting well to keep their midtable position. Though Kotoko remain unbeaten at home this season, Tema Youth could draw inspiration from the gallant display by Inter Allies and Dwarfs recently in Kumasi to fight for good results, which the Porcupines must make difficult. Kotoko must win the last two matches of the first round to keep supporters’ hopes alive.