If the organisers of the G-6 competition expected a Kotoko-Hearts clash before the final or in the grand finale itself, they certainly have it. If supporters of both clubs also wanted to see perhaps a duel between the two forces of Ghana football at all cost in this competition, then their wish has been granted as the two teams clash in the semi-final of the tournament this Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi.
Kotoko set up the semi-final tie with their rivals Hearts of Oak late Monday evening after beating Wa All Stars by 2-0 in their final group game. Emmanuel Gyamfi scored with a right hooker in the 55th minute following a perfect through pass from Prince Acquah before Obed Owusu added the second in the 67th minute, hitting the belly of the roof of the net from close range in a seemingly goalmouth melee.
The deserved win earned Kotoko the ticket to the potentially crunch game against a Hearts side that has not been in good form in their off-season matches. But for rivals whose matches, even if non-competitive do not usually follow any form guide, Kotoko’s good run in the mini-tournament may not be anything useful in determining who the winner will be on Sunday.
That notwithstanding, the Porcupines would surely go all out to see off the Phobians who they have largely toppled in almost every encounter this year. Apart from the 1-1 draw in the second-round league fixture in Kumasi; and the UN Peace match in Accra, which ended 2-2, Kotoko have beaten Hearts two times in 2016. The first was in the league on May 2 and then the President Cup on July 1.
Sunday’s fixture promises to be thrilling and it remains to be seen whether Kotoko would end their dominance over Hearts this year on a fine note or that, the Phobians would be able to shake off their lethargy. Whatever the pundits say about current form not being worth considering, Kotoko definitely go into the game as favourites and would fight well to end the game as victors.
- Asante Kotoko SC