GPL Preview: Kotoko vs Liberty – Can Kotoko win without their coach?

All roads will lead to Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday as Asante Kotoko take on Liberty Professionals in their first game, after relieving Coach David Duncan of his duties.

Kotoko are lying bottom of the 16-club Ghana Premier League, their worst start to a season, after 6 games and they need a win against Liberty Professionals who hammered the league champions 5-1 last weekend to end their unbeaten run.

Team news and match facts

Asante Kotoko

The Porcupine Warriors following their 0-1 loss to Aduana Stars last weekend asked Coach David Duncan to step-aside and his assistant Michael Osei has been named the caretaker coach with Godwin Ablodey appointed his assistant.

They have lost 3, drawn 2 and won 1, hence pushing them to the foot of the league ladder, a situation that compelled the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei II to visit their training grounds unannounced on Tuesday and told the playing body and the supporters of the club he was terrified to see his club last on the league.

Otumfuo has urged Kotoko to turn their season around with a win against Liberty Professional, promising them a new bus should they edge the Scientific Soccer lads this Saturday.

Kotoko will once again rely on the striking abilities of Kwame Boateng and Dauda Mohammed, who has not been impressive this season.

The Porcupine Warriors have drawn two home games and have won 1: Drew against Medeama and Ashgold, but edged Hasaacas.

Asante Kotoko are yet to lose a home game on match day 7. They have won 7 and drawn 4.

However, Kotoko have won just 1 of their last 5 games on match day 7, having lost 2 and drawn 2.

Liberty Professionals

They have lost two away games and won one and are the only side that walked away with a point from the dreaded Wa Park against All Stars, the league leaders.

Liberty Professionals are 4 on the league log with 10, winning 3, losing 2 and drawing 1

The sensational Latif Blessing who made his premier league debut last season and got nominated for the discovery of the season has continued his good form in the ongoing season, scoring 4 goals and is one of the leading top-scorers in the league so far.

Blessing has promised to score against Asante Kotoko in Kumasi, but he won’t jubilate, due to his affection for the club.

He was rejected some seasons ago in a justify your inclusion by Kotoko, but last season he outshined everybody when Kotoko played Liberty Professionals in Kumasi and the management and technical handlers of the Porcupine Warriors regretted for underestimating his abilities due to his diminutive stature.

Liberty Professionals in their last 5 matches on match day 7 have lost 2, won 2 and drawn 1, losing their 2 away games on match day 7.

The Scientific Soccer lads last won a match day 7 away game in 2005 against Feyenoord. But have since lost all their 4 away games on match day 7.

Head to head

Kotoko have a superior record against Liberty Professional. They have won 19, lost 6 and drawn 5 games.

Liberty Professionals have won just 1 in their 15 visits to the home grounds of Kotoko (L12, D2)

Last season Kotoko piped Liberty Professionals 1-0 on match day 12 in Kumasi of the Ghana season in David Duncan second league game in charge. That win came in 2010-11 when the Scientific Soccer lads came from behind to stun the hosts 3-2 in Kumasi.

This is the first time these sides are facing each other on match day 7.

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