Posted On Monday, 29th April 2013
By Patrick Akoto
CK Akunnor feels Sunday’s big clash between Hearts and Kotoko has lost none of its importance.
The Accra showdown is not the title-decider that many may have anticipated at the beginning of the campaign with Hearts all but out of the reckoning for the Ghana Premier League crown.
With the fading 2000 African champions trailing their sworn rivals by 9 points with just seven games to end the season, thoughts of who wins the bragging rights has switched on for Hearts while Kotoko would push for a win to ehance their chances of defending the title.
Akunnor, whose last job was at Hearts, insists the game remains a crucial one for both teams as they will be attempting to land at least one blow on each other for this term.
“Hearts and Kotoko matches have not lost their essence. It’s our biggest game in Ghana and we’re all looking forward to it,” Akunnor said
“Matches between the two sides have always been engrossing and I believe Sunday will be a special day.
“I will be at the stadium to watch the game because this is what we pride ourselve with.
“I’m happy that both teams are playing well and I believe they will sell good football.”
The stakes were higher when the two sides met at the Baba Yara stadium last November in a game which ended in a draw.
But both sides have endured contrasting fortunes with Hearts finding themselves in the drop zone at end of the first roud.
But the capital-based side have been revived under coach David which has seen them move up on the Premier League ladder.
Kotoko have been up and down with the future of their head trainer Mas-ud Dramani coming under the mirror.
It has been widely rumoured that he could be sacked if he fails to bag maximum points against their bitter rivals.