Kumasi Asante Kotoko will play as guests of arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak in the 10 week of the Ghana Premier League at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday May 2.
The match whose attention has made many christened it with various names as the ‘Super Monday clash’, the ‘clash of the heavyweights’, the ‘clash of the titans’ among others indeed has attracted much attention with both sides determined to win and have the bragging rights.
To have a game called, ‘Ghana’s version of the el classico’ should serve enough notice to even the one with the faintest idea of what these two teams bring to the table when they meet.
It is a kind of Barcelona v Real Madrid, Manchester United v Liverpool and Egypt's El-Ahly v Zamalek in Ghana and usually comes with some “big talks”.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko are buoyed up and claim they will ditch the Phobians for these 5 reasons:
Claim to Accra as ‘home grounds’: Hearts of Oak will be chasing their first win over Kotoko at home in the last 7 years. Kotoko beat Hearts 2-1 in Accra the last time the two sides met. Kotoko beat Hearts 4-2 in the first ever league game in Accra on Sunday 16 November, 1958. This and other reasons as Hearts being nervous in front of their teeming supporters give Kotoko the confidence that they stand to pick the three points at stake on Monday.
New Yutong bus from Otumfuo: The Life patron of Asante Kotoko, Otumfuo Osei Tutu has fulfilled a request the team put before him the last time he visited them by handing over the keys to a brand new Yutong bus for the their use. The Porcupine Warriors claim this gesture is a morale booster and are poised to beat Hearts.
Hearts failed to win the last time led by an expatriate as coach: Another fascinating reason Kotoko claim puts them ahead to win Monday’s clash is that the last time Hearts entered into a Kotoko game with an expatriate coach in the person of Serbian coach Nebosjsa Vucicevic, they did not win and that was on 20th November 2011 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The game ended 0-0 with Kotoko led by Black Stars assistant coach, Maxwell Konadu. Hearts according to Kotoko are therefore in a match that they are destined to lose with Japanese-American trainer, Kenichi Yatsuhachi leading them.
Won the league two seasons ago: Kotoko claim they are likely winners because of the two sides, they won the league two seasons ago with the Accra club having won the league, close to a decade ago.
Spiritually poised and placed to beat Hearts: Kotoko claim they are definite winners because many spiritually endowed men have tipped them as winners on Monday, with a notable prophecy coming from the renowned fetish preist, Kwaku Bonsam.
The battle line is therefore drawn as the Phobians also say they are poised to hand over a bitter defeat to Kotoko come Monday, May 2.