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Hearts are in trouble – Kotoko board member Lamine

Posted On Tuesday, 13th November 2012

 

Kotoko will host Hearts on Sunday November 18

Kotoko Board member Alhaji Abu Lamine is confident the champions will pile more misery on Hearts when the two sides clash in the biggest match of the season on Sunday.

The fixture dubbed the country’s version of the ‘El Classico’ is expected to attract thousands to the Baba Yara stadium while millions will watch on television across the African continent.

The defending champions are in top shape, having recovered from their opening difficult games to record two straight victories in the top-flight.

Hearts on the other hand is a club in crisis. The club has been hit with departures including the resignation of long-standing administrative manager Ashford Tetteh Oku while physical trainer W.O Tandoh has also parted ways with the 2000 African champions.

They lie 12th on the log sheet with a paltry 7 points from a possible 18 and their plight could be worsen with defeat in Kumasi.

Kotoko will move to second position on the table if they negotiate the tie against their sworn rivals.

Given that matches involving the two local giants do no follow form guide, the game at the Baba Yara stadium will be extremely uncompromising and nerve-racking.

Newly appointed Hearts trainer David Duncan has been presented with a tall mountain to climb and victory over  the Porcupine Warriors will endear him to the club’s teeming and demanding supporters.

But Alhaji Lamine respects the Phobians but feels the fierce determination within the Kotoko squad will ensure the hosts are fully primed for the challenge.

“There is no turning back for our team and I can only say that Hearts are in serious trouble,” Lamine told Accra-based Oman FM

“We have a strong team and I believe there is no way Hearts can come to Kumasi and pick even a point.

“I know matches between the two sides do not follow form guide, but I know what I’m talking about.

“We are determined to maintain our winning run and we won’t allow Hearts to stop us.

“I am sorry but if they want to beat us to calm down their supporters, then they should look elsewhere.”

The last time Kotoko beat Hearts in a league game at the Baba Yara Stadium was in the 2005 season when they posted an emphatic 3 – 1 victory over their bitterest rivals in Ghana football.

Since then, the Phobians have won four of the five battles fought in Kumasi,  and will be in confident mood of keeping that run going.

Sunday’s game in Kumasi will the 49th league encounter between the two sides in the Garden City since top-flight football started in Ghana in 1958 and promises to be one of the most keenly contested in recent times.

In the previous 48 played, Hearts hold a 20 – 17 winning record over Kotoko, with the two sides playing out 11 drawn games in the process.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. pota circle 150 chairman in Holland says:

    Dear Editor of GSN,
    i would like to draw ur attention to the fact on the headline (HEARTS IN TROUBLE )by a board member of kotoko,u make mention that since 2005 kotoko hsa not beaten hearts at baba yara stadium in kumasi.can u check ur facts again because kotoko beat hearts in the last league competition in kumasi ( 2-1). next time pls check before u write thank u .

  2. pota circle 150 chairman in Holland says:

    Dear Editor of GSN,
    i would like to draw ur attention to the fact on the headline (HEARTS IN TROUBLE )by a board member of kotoko,u make mention that since 2005 kotoko hsa not beaten hearts at baba yara stadium in kumasi.can u check ur facts again because kotoko beat hearts in the last league competition in kumasi ( 2-1). next time pls check before u write thank u .

    • king says:

      this gaffe is unacceptable from a reputable website like ghanasoccernet. The immediately past ghana premier league football season saw kotoko edge hearts by 2-1 as espouse by pota circle 150 chairman. Editor, do u remember that last minute drama? hearts equalised on 90th but their jubilation was cut short by an Akufo’s long range shot. Please check you facts.

  3. bill says:

    Dear Editor
    please come again, your facts are wrong! there has been a drawn game, which ended 3-3.Even the last time the two teams met in kumasi, it was 2-1 in favour of kotoko.

  4. SANTROFI ANOMAA says:

    ALHAJI LAMINE OR WHATEVER THE PITCH WOULD TALK AND SO JUST SHUT YOUR OKRO MOUTH AND DO YOUR HOME WORK WITH YOUR PLAYERS PERIOD.IN SOCCER YOU CANT BE TOO CONFIDENT.

    • Ishark says:

      Man u too shout ur mouth. If he talks abt his team what prevents him? Talk abt urs and stop that unecessary talk. Kotoko 3 hearts maybe 1

      • SANTROFI ANOMAA says:

        @ ISHARK I BET YOU KOTOKO WOULD DRAW THIS GAME FOR SURE MY LASBEE IS SAYING SO AND SO YOUR 3-1 IN FAVOUR FOR KOTOKO WONT BE MY BROTHER ISHA ALLAH!! ENABOKASHI WALAYI I SHARK.ANYWAY WE STILL WOULD TALK AFTER THE MATCH BUT KOTOKO ARE NOT MUCH FORM LIKE LAST YEAR.

  5. Shieee,u guys go kill me oooo! But this l de3 ibi ukulele chop 4 Kotoko.Kofi So Far,wish u well afta 6!

  6. Dickson gizo says:

    Alhaji mass u can do anything,apuuuu tor sunday u see.





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