Kumasi Asante would have to put up a spirited performance if they really want to keep their unbeaten run alive today as they come face-to-face with Medeama Sporting Club at the Len Clay Sports Stadium in Obuasi.
The Porcupine Warriors have not lost a single game since the league returned on March 21st, winning one [2-0 against Berekum Chelsea] and drawing two games on the road [1-1 against Eleven Wonders, and 0-0 against Great Olympics].
In fact, the performance of Asante Kotoko has taken an upward trend since coach Mariano Barreto took over from Johnson Smith, but the form of Medeama SC cannot also be termed as flaky at all having won two out of their last three games played in the second round of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League.
A win against the Porcupine Warriors this afternoon could see the Yellow and Mauve rival Asante Kotoko to the summit of the table and that alone in itself could be a motivation sort of for coach Yaw Preko and his boys going into the game.
Let me quickly suffice to reiterate here, however, that it is the result [4-1] from Kotoko’s outstanding game against Bechem United that has pushed them to the top of the table with 35 points.
One thing is obvious going into this fixture. That is, Medeama SC will play without their midfield powerhouse – Justice Blay who suffered a horror injury in their last game against Legon Cities FC at the Akoon Park in Tarkwa, but his absence could be a blessing in disguise rather than a curse for the visitors because it could offer Yaw Preko the opportunity to select a more balanced midfield quartet.
Playing Justice Blay and Richard Boadu [Agadas] together in a game itself sometimes look too boring to watch from the fence as the two players often clash in roles. A typical example is their last away match against Great Olympics at the Accra Sports Stadium where they lost 0-1 to the wonder club.
Richard Boadu, Rashid Nortey, Zakaria Mumuni, and Kwasi Donsu or Joseph Tetteh Zutah could be the preferred option in midfield for Yaw Preko, with former Asante Kotoko goal poacher – Ahmed Toure and Prince Opoku Agyemang as the striking duo for the Tarkwa based club.
Mariano Barreto on the other hand is likely to start Emmanuel Sarkodie, Kwame Adom Frimpong, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Fabio Gama in midfield with Augustine Okra playing as the auxiliary striker behind Asante Kotoko’s newfound young, but lethal striker – Andy Kumi.
Defensively, the Porcupine Warriors back four [Christopher Nettey/Samuel Frimpong, Moro Ibrahim, Ismail Ganiyu, and Yussif Mubarik] is a shade ahead of Medeama SC’s [Vincent Atinga, Samuel Appiah, Baba Musa, Bright Enchil].
But, despite not being defensively excellent, Medeama SC have also shown that they are at least defensively sound to match any team on a good day.
Their attack is also lacking a bit of spark. Sometimes you watch them and feel like it could take a little while before the partnership between Ahmed Toure and Prince Opoku Agyemang will hit its rightful note.
This particular fixture is likely to produce goals which means that the team that will take its chance[s] will definitely run away with the three points, a draw in this match is a very difficult option to stick your neck on.
One interesting thing about this year’ season is that no team has so far found consistency which leaves the contest still wide open for any of the top 6 clubs to win the most prestigious trophy on the local scene.