Sunday, July 5, 2009


THE Anane Boateng Stadium at Abrankese is expected to witness one of the biggest crowds ever, as supporters of Kumasi Asante Kotoko plan a massive invasion to support Kessben F/C against Hearts of Oak in their crucial Glo Premier League encounter tomorrow.
A number of buses have been commandeered to convey the fans from Kumasi to Abrankese, even in the face of the hike in gate fees.
“We are going to Abrankese in our numbers to support Kessben because this match is very important for us,” Alhaji Ali Maradona, a supporters leader of Asante Kotoko told the Daily Graphic yesterday.
Kotoko are just two points adrift, Hearts on the Glo Premier League table and their supporters must surely be interested in the outcome of the Abrankese encounter.
Ali Maradona explained that the position of Kessben on the league table was so threatening that any loss to Hearts could push them into the relegation zone.
According to Ali Maradona, the Asantehene, Otumfuo,Osei Tutu II had instructed Kotoko supporters to give the necessary support to all the Ashanti-based premier sides to ensure that they avoid relegation.
“We are, therefore, going to root heavily for Kessben because we cannot allow them to go on relegation,” he said.
Kessben have been a disaster away, but at home, they have been impressive, maintaining the speed, class and eye for goals.
Against a tottering Hearts who only struggled to beat a 10-man Eleven Wise on penalties in the President’s Cup match on wednesday, the danger of the leaders slipping remains highly possible.

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