EXCLUSIVE: Hearts of Oak to host Asante Kotoko on Monday in Ghana Premier League “Super Clash” derby

The first installment of the Ghana Premier League derby between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko will be played on Monday at the Accra Sports Stadium, GHANASoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Organizers moved to match to 02 May which will be a statutory holiday because the previous day (Sunday, 01 May, 2016) falls on International Workers’ Day or Labour Day.

The Super Clash I has already been publicized because of Hearts of Oak’s surge in form and Kotoko struggling to find their footing.

Hearts of Oak remain unbeaten in five matches and top the table with 11 points and Kotoko have one win with five points from the available 15.

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Hearts launches Ghana’s first Schools Football Clinic

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As part of Accra Hearts of Oak’s school project to unearth future dye-in-the-wool supporters for the club, Hearts paid a visit to Accra New Town Basic 6 & 8 Primary School this morning to launch the club’s and Ghana’s first Schools Football Clinic.

Head Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi, Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager Joe Addo, vice-captain Owusu Bempah, and Mustapha Essuman and Sarbah Laryea were at the New Town Basic 6 & 8 School to socialize and council the students of the school.

The meeting was a very positive one as the students and the school teachers warmly welcomed the club to their school. Mr. Albert Adeku, Assistant Headteacher and Sports Teacher, ushered the club into the school.

The Hearts representatives took turns to talk to the children and educate them on ways of living a good and healthy life.

They also used the platform to share the rich history of the club with the school children in an effort to instill the love for the team at an early stage.

Coach Kenichi’s predilection for children was at full display as he modestly came down to the level of the school children and answered questions from them.

In fact, a child asked how he could be a good coach like Hearts’ gaffer, and Kenichi’s response was that the boy should take his lessons seriously.

He also encouraged all the students to take their books seriously and asked them to be disciplined at all times by listening to instructions from their teachers.

Hearts Deputy Captain Owusu Bempah was also in a jovial mood as most of the school children recognized him as the captain of the national U20 side.

Mustapha Essuman and Sarbah Laryea had to relinquish the invisible wall they create on the field by allowing the children to run through them during the practice exercise.

Essuman was asked how many games he had clocked in his stints abroad, but his sweet answer had something to do with long division which really amused the children.
His midfield counterpart Laryea was not left out, as he also charged the students not to play with their books.
Corporate Affairs Manager was also at home with the school children and it was a delight to see him lecturing in the classroom.
Hearts will take the next community programme to Adabraka and later Mamprobi.

GPL Week Five: Hearts Edge Past Inter Allies, Techiman City Hands Dreams FC First Defeat of The Season

Hearts of Oaks stunned Inter Allies at home as they rallied from a two goal to win the game 2-3 on match day five of the 2016 Ghana premier league.

The Phobians turned in one of their best performances in the ongoing campaign despite Inter Allies home advantage.

The first half was keenly contested as the two sides attacked each other but the Tema based side looked dangerous on the ball as the first department ended goalless.

Allies started the second half on a good note and within the space of 10 minutes they registered two goals courtesy Frederick Boateng and Gockel Ahortor.

With two goals down the Phobains came from their shell and attacked which paid off as Isaac Mensah pulled one back and with 12 minutes to end the game second half substitute Ibrahim Musah scored twice as the Accra giants won the game 2-3.

In the other games, Techiman City handed Dreams FC their first defeat of the season by winning 1-0 at the Techiman Park.

At Sogakope, WAFA pipped Liberty Professionals 1-0 while Wa All Stars beat New Edubiase 1-0 at home and at the Bechem Park, Bechem United were held to a goalless drawn by Ebusua Dwarfs.

Below are the full results
Inter Allies 2 – 3 Hearts of Oak

Asante Kotoko 1 – 0 Hasaacas

Ashanti Gold 1 – 0 Aduana Stars

Bechem United 0 – 0 Ebusua
Dwarfs

Techiman City 1 -0 Dreams FC

Wa All Stars 1 – 0 New Edubiase

WAFA 1 – 0 Liberty Professionals

Berekum Chelsea P –P Medeama SC

MTN to consider sponsoring Ghana Premier League.

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Ghana’s leading telecommunication network MTN will consider sponsoring the Ghana Premier League should a proposal be submitted by the Ghana Football Association.

The domestic top-flight is without a sponsor after Capital Bank abrogated its deal with the Nation’s Football governing body prior to the start of the season.
Capital Bank had hinted its decision to suspend the sponsorship deal following the low mileage received during the 2014/15 League season.

The Ghana Football Association has since been in hunt for a new sponsor for the League.

Noel Kojo Ganson, acting Chief Marketing Officer at MTN in an interview with Starr FM claimed his outfit will consider sponsoring the League once a proposal is made.

“When it comes up, we will look at it. Some of the discussions will come up and when it comes up, we will look at it,” Ganson told Starr FM.

“We will measure the benefits and since football is one of our pillars, we will look at the opportunities that are available once an approach.”
The Ghana Premier League enters the fifth week with interesting pairings.

Ghana_Premier_League Week five REFEREES

# Friday- Kumasi : Kotoko v Hassacas
Ref: Maxwell Hanson
Assit: Kwesi Brobbey
Assit: Alhassan Badiu
4th: Nuhu Liman

# Saturday- Obuasi: Ash Gold v Aduana Stars
Ref: Cecil Fletcher
Assit: Malik Seidu
Assit: Samuel Asiedu
4th: Mclord Arhin

Sogakope: Wafa v Liberty Professionals
Ref: Alex Nsiah
Assit: Richard Appiah
Assit: Sarfo Adade
4th: Ernest Baafi

Bechem: Bechem Utd v Ebusua Dwarfs
Ref: Latif Adarri
Assit: Ashitey Armah
Assit: R N Doodo
4th: Issaka Afull

Wa: Wa All Stars v Edubiase United
Ref: Desmond Abbey
Asist: Dawood Quadrago
Asist: A F Zakari
4th: Wiseman Ghansah

Tema :Inter Allies vrs Hearts of oak
Ref: Daniel Laryea
Asist: Philip Darko
Asist: Abraham Jackson
4th: A D Mohammed

Techiman: Techiman City v Dreams FC
Ref:Samuel Sukar
Asist:E B Baiden
Asist:Ben Samari
4th:Prince Amoah

# Postponed- Berekum: B. Chelsea v Medeama
Ref: Seidu Bomision
Assit: Bawa Haruna
Assit: F D Ocancy
4th: O. B Amankwaa

Cape Coast Stadium Opens April 17

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News reaching yours truly indicate that the newly built sports edifice at Cape Coast would be open to the public next month.

Our source said the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority NSA are preparing to inaugurate the newly constructed Cape Coast Stadium on April 17, 2016.

The 15,000-seater facility, which displays a 300 car parking capacity, was designed by the China IPPR International Engineering Corporation led by architect Zhou Jun.

The stadium complex has a 22-room hostel facility, a canteen, kitchen, fire fighting room, storage rooms among others.
The stadium features a 300 car parking capacity, two basketball, tennis and handball courts and an indoor games facility.

Ebusua Dwarfs is the only Premier Division club in Cape Coast, the town noted to be where Ghana Football started from with a club known as Excelsior FC in the early 90s.

Preview: Asante Kotoko vs Sekondi Hasaacas- Spineless Porcupines cannot fail against Eric Bekoe-inspired Hasaacas

Asante Kotoko know anything aside a win will not be accepted by their fans when they host Sekondi Hasaacas in the first-ever Friday night football match.

The wounded Porcupine Warriors have a full strength squad for the first time this season with the return of Felix Annan, Emmanuel Asante and Frank Sarfo Gyamfi from injuries.

But midfielder Jackson Owusu is still undergoing rehabilitation.
Hasaacas will have former Kotoko icon Eric Bekoe leading the attack and the former goal king will be supported by Prince Papa Arko and Samuel Afful.

Enterprising right back Amos Korankye could return to the starting line-up after missing last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home with AshantiGold.

Sekondi Hasaacas have no major history against Asante Kotoko in the 21st century with only one victory in over twenty meetings.

Yusif Basigi has fix his leaky defence which has conceded 11 goals in just four matches.

MATCH FACTS
Head to Head (Since 2000)
Total matches played = 20
Asante Kotoko wins = 12
Drawn games = 7
Sekondi Hasaacas wins = 1

*Asante Kotoko are unbeaten against Sekondi Hasaacas in their last ten meetings.
(W5 D5 L0)

*Sekondi Hasaacas have managed only one win at Asante Kotoko in the league since 2000.

It’s also their only victory over Asante Kotoko in the 21st century.
14th April, 2007
Asante Kotoko 0-1 Sekondi Hasaacas

*Asante Kotoko are yet to record their first three points in the current Ghana Premier League season.
(P4 W0 D2 L2)

*Sekondi Hasaacas have lost five of their last six away games in the premier league.
(W1 D0 L5)

*The Porcupines have kept two clean sheets in their last five home league fixtures.
Scoring 13 goals and conceded 5 goals.

*Sekondi Hasaacas have conceded eight goals in just two away matches this season without scoring at least one.

*Eric Bekoe (Sekondi Hasaacas) has scored more goals the entire Asante Kotoko team this season.
Bekoe has scored three goals whilst Asante Kotoko have managed to score only twice.

PFAG to launch Insurance and Player Welfare Fund on Monday

The Professional Footballers Association of Ghana will be luanching the ling- awaited insurance package for footballers and a welfare fund dubbed ‘Life after Football Fund’ on Monday, 21st March 2016 at exactly 6:30pm.

The event which takes place at the Alisa Hotel in Accra will see many dignitaries and ex-football gracing the occasion.

This is the first of its kind to be launched in the country and it is set to alleviate the challenges of footballers after their illustrious careers and in times of injuries.

In a statement released by the Communications Department of the PFAG and signed by Thomas Boakye Agyemang, the insurance package is designed to cover players for accidental deaths, critical illness and general accidents suffered by a player on the field of play.

The PFAG, with former Black Stars defender Anthony Baffoe as its General Secretary started operations in Ghana in June 2009 and is affiliated to the International Federation for Professional Footballers [FIFPro].

Inter Allies boss Herbert Addo not surprised with Hearts of Oak’s strong start to the season

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Former Hearts of Oak Coach Herbert Addo says he is impressed with the sort of start Hearts of Oak have had to the season but is determined to halt their progress this weekend.

Addo, who endured a disappointing time with the Phobians last season, says he expected the Phobians to get the kind of start they have had.

Addo will take on the Phobians for the first time since leaving them last season but says his side will have to be at their best if they are beat the in-form.

“I am not surprised about their start. Hearts of Oak are a very big club,” Addo told Adom FM.
“They criticized the coach labelling him a carpenter but he is working well and getting the results.”

“The players are also experienced. They have been together since last year when I was with them. They are the same players there with the addition of one or two others.”

“They are playing and one of the stable teams in the league alongside Medeama, Wa All Stars and Ashantigold.”

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