Relegation Threatened Dwarfs To Host Kotoko

Asante Kotoko will be on the road in midweek to face relegation threatened Ebusua Dwarfs on Match week 20 of the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League (GPL).

Dwarfs

Prosper Nartey, who took over from coach J.E Sarpong, has lost only game in charge of the Crabs.

Dwarfs are still battling relegation, lying 14th position in the 16-club league.

They were edged by a goal to nil on match day 19 when they travelled to Berekum to take on Chelsea.

However, Dwarfs will be comforted by the fact that they won 2-0 against Sekondi Hasaacas in their last home league game on match day 18.

Ebusua Dwarfs have won 5, drawn 3 and lost one in 9 home league games this season. They last lost at home on matchday 1 against Dreams FC and have won their past three home league games.

Tension is mounting on Michael Osei, as his side have failed to churn out a victory in their past two league games; drew against both Inter Allies and Bechem United.

Kotoko’s marksman and leading top scorer, Dauda Mohammed has been misfiring in the second round, failing to increase his 7 goal tally in the first round.

The best Kotoko player in the second round is Amos Frimping, the skipper of the side, who has scored two goals in the second half of the league as a defender.

Asante Kotoko’s last away league game was a one all draw against Inter Allies at Tema.

The Porcupine Warriors missed out on an opportunity to occupy the summit of the league table in the weekend, after the league leaders Wa All Stars fell at Sogakope against WAFA. Kotoko drew blank against Bechem United for Hearts Oak to capitalise on that to go top of the league ladder, following their famous 1-0 victory against Hasaacas.

Kotoko have secured three wins on the road, while they have lost four and drawn 2 in 9 games. They have not won in their past three away league games, having won 1 and drawn 2.

Head to head

In the first round Kotoko lashed Dwarfs 3-0 in a game that Dauda Mohammed bagged two goals.

These sides have faced each other in a total of 69 league ties. Kotoko have won 41, lost 12 and drawn 16 against Dwarfs.

Ironically, Dwarfs worst league defeat was against Kotoko, whereas Kotoko’s worst league loss happened against Dwarfs. Kotoko walloped Dwarfs 12-1, where Dwarfs also thrashed Kotoko 5-0 in 1961 and 1969, respectively.

The first league clash between them came in August 1958, which the Porcupine warriors won 4-1 in Cape Coast

Dwarfs lost the first 11 league encounters against Kotoko. They had to wait until the 12 fixture to secure their first win.

The last outing of Kotoko to Cape Coast to face Dwarfs was December 2014 and the game ended 2-2.

The last time Kotoko defeated Dwarfs at Cape Coast was March 2012 in a match that ended 2-0.

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