Coach Annor Walker would be eager for a victory as his Great Olympics side face Legon Cities this evening at the Accra Sports Stadium in a Ghana Premier League (GPL) match day two clash.
The ‘Wonder’ Club earned an impressive 1-1 draw at the Akoon Park on matchday one against Medeama and the experienced gaffer would be basking on that result to spur his side to victory against the Legon Cities to rally momentum for his young team ahead of the long season.
The visitors, managed by Serbian Goran Barjaktarevic, could only manage a 1-1 stalemate against Berekum Chelsea in their opener.
Coach Walker, during the off-season, was gradually knitting together a strong team that could help the ‘Dade’ family avoid their regular flirting with the drop zone and a win against Legon Cities may send that signal.
With players like Captain Gladson Awako, Philip Sackey, defender Jamal Huruna, Michael Otu and brothers, enterprising Arnold Abbey-Mensah and Nii Abbey Quaye as well as super-sub Michael Yeboah all in the fray, they will be counted on to deliver after performing creditably in Tarkwa.
Cities coach Goran would again miss the services of Ghana’s all-time leading scorer, Asamoah Gyan, who still lacks match fitness but that loss would be compensated by the availability of creative player Elvis Opoku, Jones Attuquaye, Michael Ampadu, Baba Mahama, Yakubu Mohammed and sensational starlet Matthew Cudjoe to fill in for the ‘BabyJet’.
The fixture earlier this year resulted in a 1-1 draw after Yakubu Mohammed’s effort was cancelled by Sulley Ibrahim.
Earlier at 3:00 pm today, XI Wonders would pitch their strength against visitors Ebusua Dwarfs at the Ohene Ameyaw Park in Techiman in the first game of match day two.
The ‘Abontua Abontua’ boys produced a last-ditch miracle in Cape Coast through goalie Razak Issah’s free-kick to earn a point against rivals Elmina Sharks in a 2-2 thriller after Sharks seemed to have under wraps.
This is where Wonders coach Ignatius Osei-Fosu must hasten caution as any semblance of complacency stemming out of their impressive display that earned them a point against Asante Kotoko in Accra, might prove dire.
His team, however, would be strengthened by the return of key figures Joseph Adu Dwomoh, Musa Sule and Prince Baffoe. They would complement the efforts of the influential attacker Ibrahim Salifu, Frank Amankwaa, Tetteh Nortey and Rashid Mohammed to secure a home win for the ‘Sure Wonders’ boys.
But in players such as Simon Martey, Dennis Korsah, Prince Kpodo, Benjamin Acquah, strikers Michael Asamoah and Obed Bentum, Coach Ernest Thompson has the needed firepower to cause an upset in Techiman.
BY NANA BENTSI ODURO