Soccer News of Tuesday, 10 October 2006
Ashantigold shot back to international prominence last Sunday in the annual Macufe Cup tournament after a sterling show that saw them being crowned champions in the four-club soccer fiesta at Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The soccer miners, once Ghana?s most formidable crusaders of continental soccer, revived the nolstagia of 1997 (when they missed the Champions League narrowly) after administering two superb victories over Bloemfontein Celtic and giants Mamelodi Sundowns.
Ashantigold?s appearance in this year?s tourney was the result of a late pull-out by Nigerian side, Enyimba, but it turned out to be the platform for the exhibition of Ashantigold?s status as current league leaders in the premiership.
But that euphoria is being threatened by Hearts who beckon them to their newly-adopted Tema Stadium in a Onetouch Premier League thriller which could be narrowed down to a contest between the Phobians and their former talisman, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, who is reported to have made a dramatic bid for a return to his former club at the beginning of the season but was impeded by the transfer fee involved.
Hearts, still struggling to regain their traditional winning spirit, tied in their last two games and are obliged to placate their impatient fans with a victory over the miners on Sunday.
But victory will depend strongly on how they resolve the riddle over the registration of their returnee striker Ishmael Addo who showed glimpses of his goalscoring wizardry with a trademark strike which gave Hearts a 2-2 draw with Sundowns within the stipulated time.
It promises to be a nightmarish run for Hearts, considering the zeal that has been infused by Coach David Duncan into talents like Prince Antwi, Alhaji Sannie, Lamine Nasir and Alex Asamoah.
Kotoko, who lost the top spot to Ashantigold last week, will be lurking for the outcome of the Tema battle as they look poised to clinch the three points from Hearts of Lions at the Konongo Park.
In the rest of the pairings, Arsenal will play at home to Real Sportive at Berekum, Gamba All Blacks also welcome King Faisal to Swedru, whilst Feyenoord face RTU at a venue to be determined by the Professional League Board.
At Ho, Power clash with Olympics, while Liberty Professionals play Tema Youth at the Carl Reindorf Park at Dansoman.