Ghana Premier League title holders, Wa All Stars FC, host their rivals from the MTN FA cup holders in what is called the champions of champions cup(COC). The two continental debutants will be looking to earn themselves that true champions tag in what promises to be a thrilling 90 minutes at the Tamale Sports Stadium.
In what is expected to be the curtain raiser for the incoming domestic campaign, Wa All Stars could not have asked for tougher opponent to test their mettle going into a packed season. Set to be proceeded by musical performance and a Northern U15 regional derby, fans inside the Tamale Sports Stadium look set to be thrilled on Sunday, January 22, ahead of the new season.
Having met each other on nine occasions in the past few years, the Brong Ahafo based FA cup holders are slightly superior to their northern brothers, with five of the matches ending in favour of Bechem United. One drawn game and three wins for Wa All Stars makes them the slight favourite though, as they chase their second trophy since September 2016.
Having found the back of net on eight occasions in their 9 games against Bechem United, Wa All Stars seems to have no problem with goals but the absence of their trusted pair of hands due to National assignment could prove to be fatal. Newly acquired goal keeper, Rashid Seidu, could not have asked for a better platform to showcase his worth and make a case for starting berth come next season. The agile shot stopper laid the gauntlet going into his debut season in the topflight with jaw dropping saves and wicked goal keeping.
From wings to wheels, the major undoing of Wa All Stars going into the game could be their lengthy distance. A combined distance of 10, 330.5 kilometers from Dubai to Tamale might just be too tiresome for the team to give out their best going into the game. The nomadic nature of the side however makes it difficult to predict since they are used to such energy sapping distances – they will travel over another 8000 km in the first round of the season alone.
In the month of January, Wa All Stars have featured in 21 games with 6 victories. A third of the games have ended in defeat with 8 drawn games in the opening month of the year.
New boy, David Sandan Abagna and Saddick Alhassan, return to their roots for the Tamale showdown whiles the Seth Amoateng and Richard Arthur look set to start what promises to be the deadliest of attacking pair in the country.
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