Despite splitting honors with Karela United at Anyinase yesterday, Asante Kotoko remain log leaders after week five of the Ghana Premier League. Coach Prosper Ogum and his lads prepared fervently ahead of the game in the western part of Ghana, to grab all points and complete a remarkable feat in their opening five matches, but had to be slashed to four successive victories and a stalemate.
Yesterday’s game was an indication of an end to end action as both teams exhibited power, resilience and tenacity. Goal bound chances were churned out but the final delivery was feeble to make a mark for either side. Goalkeepers and defenders on the day had their stories to narrate as they made timely interventions. Karela United had vowed to not go down against Asante Kotoko, unlike last season, and a point may be satisfactory for coach Bismark Kobby Mensah and his staff.
Regardless of their inability to pick all Fifteen points, the Kumasi-based club has gone five games unbeaten. They have an enviable record to protect as they will be coming up against more robust and difficult side in the soonest time. Asante Kotoko sit scalp of the table with 13 points, hoping to extend it in subsequent matches.
King Faisal are not backing off from their title ambitions as they keep the chase and heat on Asante Kotoko. They lost in previous week to Berekum Chelsea courtesy a lone goal, failed to beat Medeama at home, going two games without win. They shared points with Medeama yesterday but were fortunate to be three points adrift of log leaders Asante Kotoko. A win yesterday could have altered the dynamics on the ladder.
Bechem United are not out of the picture after hammering Dreams 3:1 at home. They have shown clearly an intention to make their home venue unbearable for clubs. The emphatic victory sent them to third on the table with 9 points.
Former Premier League winners Aduana Stars and Accra Great Olympics share same points but are put apart by goal difference. The two clubs are on 8 points and look forward to surge in the thick of affairs.
Newbies Bibiani Gold Stars and Real Tamale United are part of teams to amass 7 points from a possible 15, following yesterday’s win over Accra Lions and Ashanti Gold respectively.
With an outstanding game, Accra Hearts of Oak are in charge of the last spot as they played JS Saoura in the CAF Confederation Cup play-off yesterday. The 2 - 0 win over the Algerian club could turn their season around in other matches.
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