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Ghana Premier League Preview: Wa All Stars vs Asante Kotoko- Defending champions face tough assignment against giants

Published on: 15 April 2017
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Wa All Stars are returning home after two successive away draws following their trip from Senegal where they were third in the WAFU Challenge Cup. 

They face Asante Kotoko SC at the Malik Jabir park on Sunday as they aim at returning to winning ways after going winless in their last five matches.

The Northern Blues held Aduana Stars to a scoreless stalemate last Thursday with ten men.

Shot stopper Rashid Seidu is suspended for Sunday's game.

Defensive duo Hafiz Adams and Nicholas Mensah are likely to start from bench after recovering from their respective injuries.

Top marksman Richard Arthur is returning for the big game this weekend.

He missed the trip to Dormaa last Thursday.

Asante Kotoko SC need a win at Wa to get their season back on track following the departure of Zdravko Logarusic.

The Croatian gaffer had his contract terminated mutually after a 0-0 draw with Ebusua Dwarfs at home last Sunday. It was their second point in four games.

Assistant coach Godwin Ablordey will be leading the Porcupine Warriors to the North.

Club legend Frimpong Manso has been handed an advisory role to aid the interim coach.

Ernest Sowah is ruled out of rest of the first round. All other players are available for selection on Sunday.

MATCH FACTS

HEAD TO HEAD

Total league meetings = 18

Wa All Stars wins = 3

Drawn matches = 5

Asante Kotoko SC wins = 10

~ Wa All Stars are without a win in their last five matches in the premier league.

(W0 D4 L1)

~ Asante Kotoko SC have managed only two points in their last four fixtures in the premier league.

(W0 D2 L2)

~ Wa All Stars have lost just one of their last twenty home games in the premier league.

(W13 D6 L1)

~ Asante Kotoko SC have won only one of their last eight premier league matches as guests.

(W1 D4 L3)

~ Wa All Stars have only two wins against Asante Kotoko SC in their last nine meetings in the league.

(W2 D2 L5)

~ Asante Kotoko SC have recorded three wins in their nine travels to Wa All Stars in the premiership.

(W3 D4 L2)

~ Wa All Stars have kept four clean sheets in the season after eleven matches. They have just one at home.

~ Asante Kotoko SC have managed to keep seven clean sheets in their eleven premiership fixtures this term.

By Nuhu Adams

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