Kotoko will be eager for a win against Tema Youth on Sunday as they hope to redeem their image in the match day 15 fixture at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
In all they have drawn three and lost four – scoring only one and conceding six. Last week in Accra, the Porcupines suffered a blow to their revival efforts when they lost to Great Olympics on match day 14. The 2-0 defeat pushed the team from 5th to 8th position on the league table with 20 points.
As we return to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium where we have drawn in our last three outings against Inter Allies, Ebusua Dwarfs and Aduana Stars; nothing short of victory is expected. The players ought to raise their performance. They must win to restore confidence in the team.
Earlier this week, Management signed former Berekum Chelsea coach, Steve Polack. It’s unlikely Pollack will lead Kotoko into the battle against Tema Youth but the team must win. As things stand now, WAFA and Aduana Stars have stretched their lead on the table with 29 points – nine clear points ahead of Kotoko.
There is the urgent need for Kotoko to start winning and narrow the gap. In their last home match against Aduana Stars, the players couldn’t show good confidence and strength. They failed to create goal scoring chances. Similar things transpired against Olympics. It’s expected that the coaches will work on the attack for goals to be scored and victory secured.
Tema Youth, who returned to the Premier League this season are 12th on the table with 16 points. In their last outing against Liberty Professionals at Dansoman, they lost 2-1. Knowing very well that they risk sinking into the relegation zone if they lose in Kumasi, the Tema side surely will come well prepared.
It’s in our interest to stay alert, make sure we finish the first round on a winning note to please the teeming fabulous fans. We need not slip on the last day of the first round and especially at a time that, things haven’t gone well for the team. Victory will bring back the lost confidence.