Monday, March 16, 2009


By Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

AT long last, Accra Hearts of Oak have been officially invited to participate in the special football tournament to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Hearts who were earlier billed to participate in the tournament were withdrawn for undisclosed reasons but the organisers have reconsidered their decision.
Hearts comes alongside Bechem Chelsea, bringing the number of participating teams to six.
The others are Kumasi Asante Kotoko, King Faisal, Kessben F/C and Obuasi Ashanti Gold.
The three day-competition, to be sponsored by MTN, will he played over three days at the Baba Yara Stadium in April.
Each of the participating teams will take an appearance fee of GH¢5,000.
The entry of Hearts of Oak into the tournament is expected to generate much interest amongst the football public.
This is due to the fact that the two bitterest rivals, Hearts and Kotoko, will be meeting again not long after the Accra-based side beat Kotoko 2-1 in a Glo premier league match at the Baba Yara Stadium.
It will offer an opportunity for Kotoko to revenge that defeat to bring some smiles to the faces of their supporters.
On the other hand, Hearts of Oak will also move for another victory over their rivals.
Football fans in Kumasi are happy that Hearts have entered the tournament and from all indications, patronage of the matches will be high..

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