Monday, June 8, 2009


By Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

KUMASI is gearing up for the international friendly between Barclays English Premier League side Everton and Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium on July 12, this year.
Soccer fans have been discussing the match in almost every corner of the city, an indication of how eager they are to witness this historic friendly.
It will be the first time that Everton will be playing in Ghana and they might not have chosen a better side to play than Asante Kotoko.
The Ghanaian side have a rich history in African football having won the continental club championship twice.
They are the only Ghanaian club ranked amongst the 100 best clubs in the world.
July 12 would therefore provide an opportunity for Asante Kotoko to prove their might as one of the best on the continent.
Reports early this week that the English side was considering playing Accra Hearts of Oak instead of Asante Kotoko later proved false.
This was after an Everton official spoke to a Kumasi radio station confirming the date with Asante Kotoko.
From all indications, the match will be a sell out as fans are ready to pay to watch the losing finalist in this year’s English FA Cup.
While in Kumasi, Everton will make a donation to the Otumfuo Education Fund.

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