Asante Kotoko will hope to continue their resurgence after a poor start to the season when they welcome relegation-bound Brong Ahafo United to Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday in Week 28 of Ghana Premier League.
Two goals from Jordan Opoku and Amed Toure ensued Kotoko defeated United 2-0 in Sunyani in January to record their first away win of the campaign.
With three more matches to end the season, Kotoko have already booked a place in the FA Cup finals slated for August 30 against Medeama SC in Sekondi-Takoradi but the defending champions will hope to also finish well on the league log to enhance their chances of returning to Caf competitions next season.
Kotoko are undefeated in their last four games, winning three including Ashantigold and Hearts with a draw against Inter Allies last weekend.
United thus have a huge task ahead as a result of their abysmal performances especially in away games which have seen them already booking one of the three relegation tickets. The Apostles of Power Soccer are now powerless and winless in their last 12 away games with 11 defeats and one draw. They have scored only two goals and conceded 20 in total and they suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Heart of Lions in their last away game in Kpando.
With third-placed Berekum Chelsea hosting leaders Ashantigold in the weekend’s top liner on Saturday and fourth-placed Inter Allies travelling to lock horns with city rivals Liberty Professionals, a draw in both or one of the games can give Kotoko a room to move into top-four finish and even further tighten their grips with a win over United.
However, United goalkeeper Lawrence Osei believes his side will shock Kotoko in Kumasi despite their poor away form, insisting that they are coming all out. “We’re coming like a wounded Lion because he who’s down, fears no fall,” Osei told Goal.
“We will play our hearts out in spite of all the troubles. Our team have been relegated but that doesn’t mean we must play poorly. We want to be gallant losers so a big shock awaits Kotoko on Sunday and it’s a promise,” he added.
Kotoko will again be without midfielder Michael Akuffo after joining Saudi Arabian side Al Ansar but Duncan will contemplate who to start with upfront between Amed Toure and Dauda Mohammed as they welcome back in-form striker Dauda after fully recovering from his shoulder injury.
United have no injury worries but they are seriously battling impending legal actions against them after failing to honour an alleged loan acquired. Court has given them ultimatum to honour the agreement or face freezing of assets.
Kotoko lie 6th on the log with 39 points while visitors, B.A United, are languishing at the bottom of the table with 19 points.