Asante Kotoko will try to sign Aduana Stars goalkeeper Stephen Adams if Hearts of Oak beat them to Foli Adade, Ghanasoccernet.com has learnt.
The Porcupine Warriors will enter the transfer market to shop for a new glovesman as Burkinabe shot-stopper Abdoulaye Soulama would leave after five seasons in Kumasi.
Second choice Isaac Amoako will be released while Felix Annang could also move abroad after trialing out with a Belgium side in March.
Kotoko have shown interest in Dwarfs goalkeeper Adade Foli but rivals Hearts of Oak have already advanced talks with Dwarfs officials.
However Kotoko chief Dr KK Sarpong has tasked his recruitment team to look elsewhere for an option and they have earmarked Adams who has senior Ghana call-ups.
Hearts of Oak defender Robin Gnagne has hailed coach David Duncan – describing him as the best coach in Ghana.
The Ivorian has thrived under the ex AshantiGold trainer – forming a solid central defensive partnership with Nuru Sulley.
This partnership has provided Hearts with a strong foundation which has helped the Phobians climb steadily in the Ghanaian top flight.
Gnagne however says his performance and the collective efforts of the team is being inspired by the tactical genius of coach Duncan.
“Duncan is the best coach,” he said.
“In terms of tactics and all that he is the best, no two ways about that.”
Gnagne will be key to Hearts in Sunday’s away game at All Stars.
Hearts are just a point away from a top four place in the Ghana Premier League.
Ghana’s Premier League board chairman Welbeck-Abra Appiah is calling for calm among fans as the title race and relegation hottens up.
With only four games to end the season, three Premier League clubs especially will be avoiding looking at the table with their focus fixed on winning Sunday’s matches.
Kotoko, Medeama and Berekum Chelsea are the front runners for the crown while Ebusua Dwarfs and Ashantigold are lurking to pounce.
The Porcupine Warriors have vowed not give up the defence of their Premier League crown but Chelsea and Medeama will have a say on it by 30 June.
The situation down is not anything different as there as many as eight teams all fighting to preserve their Premier League status including Berekum Arsenal, Heart of Lions, Tema Youth, Liberty Professionals, Amidaus Professionals, All Stars New Edubiase and King Faisal
The dynamics of the league has raised the stakes high ahead of the remaining matches as team will go beyond bounds to ensure they either win or stay in the elite division.
The country’s Premier League Board chief Abra-Appiah wants fans to remain calm and desists from acts of hooliganism.
“We are all in this country and we know how our league is run. Teams are mostly lethargic when the league start,” Appiah told Kumasi-based Metro FM
“I have said over the years that it is the same number of poins that you will garner when you’re ending the league, and the same three point you get when you start.
“We wait and then when the league is reaching home stretch, then some of the team deploy various tactics to either win the League or escape relegation.
“The league race is very tight. You ca never stick your neck to predict who will win the league or who else will be relegated apart from RTU.
“The PLB is not taken anything for granted and we will ensure the remaining matches go on as planned without any troubles.
“I will like to appeal to the supporters of the various teams to remain calm and support their teams.
“When you team work hard, their hard work will pay dividends, not violence.”
Real Tamale United is the only side which has confirmed their relegation status with either Berekum Arsenal, Tema Youth and Heart of Lions likely to join them.
Berekum Arsenal have reversed their decision to quit the Ghana top-flight insisting they are ready to face RTU in Tamale on Sunday.
The Berekum-based club wrote to the Ghana FA on Wednesday to inform them of their decision to quit the league after they were slapped with US$4,000 fine for crowd violence.
Their letter to the Ghana FA was rejected on the basis that the person who wrote it is not recognised by the federation.
Despite club chairman Yakubu Moro insisting that they will quit the league the club continued to train which showed that their threat was vague.
The club’s spokesman Mohammed Salifu has now revealed that they reversed their decision to quit following pressure from fans but it is clear they were only threatening.
“We have decided against our earlier decision to withdraw from the Premier League. This is not the first time a club had wanted to withdraw from a competition due to one or two reasons known to themselves,” Salifu said.
“This has nothing to do with the GFA’s rejection of our quit letter. Had it not been that, their rejection wouldn’t have caused us to stay.
“We have been talked to by highly respected officials in the country and because of that we deemed it proper to listen to them.
“We have decided to respect them, our football loving supporters in Berekum as well as Brong Ahafo and the country as a whole.”
Meanwhile some leaders in Berekum, who are livid over the decision to withdraw from the league, have asked Moro to hand over the club to the community insisting the people of the town own the club.
Kwame Ransford, a youth leader in Berekum, says they are demanding that the club should be returned to the rightful owners as they see the decision with withdraw from the league as a disgrace to Berekum.
“Berekum Arsenal does not belong to Yakubu Moro, his father or his mother. He was given the chance to run the club by the community and if he feels he cannot run the club he should not return the club to the community,” Ransford told Happy FM.