Allsports has all the statistics and head to head as Aduana Stars start the First Capital Plus Premier League with a crucial game against Asante Kotoko at the Dormaa Nana Agyemang Badu II Park on Sunday.
Aduanna Stars are renowned for being the only club to win the Ghana topflight league in their first season after gaining promotion from the second tier of the league, which was 2009/10 season and are again the only club in the premier league history to beat Kotoko at home on a back to back seasons.
They made their home grounds a fortress in their first season and went on a record 18 home league games without conceding.
Kotoko have won the league on three consecutive seasons and are seeking the fourth. Only Ashgold and Hearts of Oak have won the league three times on the trot, however the Phobians extended their winning streak to six titles, which is a Ghana league record.
Head to head (Aduana Stars vs Kotoko)
-Aduana Stars have met Kotoko on ten different occasions in the league and have won 3 lost 3 and drawn 4, which is a 50/50 performance.
-The first ever league encounter between these two sides came in December 2009, which Kotoko won by a goal to nil at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium through Daniel Nii Adjei’s goal.
-One significant thing about the encounters between Aduana Stars and Kotoko is that the home thing has never lost a game. Aduana Stars have won three of their five home games against Kotoko with the other two ending in draws, hence the league champions would need something extra to break the Dormaa jinx.
-Last season Kotoko played their first league game against Aduana Stars which they won by two goals to one and the Dormaa boys responded with a nil victory on the last day of the league to beat relegation. Kotoko ahead of the game were runner-way league champions and with an FA Cup final awaiting them, they entered into the game with not all that a strong side.
Aduana Stars having realised their mistake have beefed-up their team with some new inclusions, with the name making the news being Elvis Opoku, the former Gold Stars striker who won the top scorer of the MTN FA cup.
Asante Kotoko have also done a good business in the transfer market with the inclusion of former Berekum Chelsea duo Obed Owusu and Jackson Owusu, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi from Maritzburg United in South Africa, Ahmed Toure, their former player whom they snatched him from the hand of their archrivals Hearts of Oak, Atta Kusi from Liberty Professionals. On the other hand the Porcupine Warriors have lost some key players including their two top strikers Seidu Bancey and Abdul Aziz Yusif, Kwabena Adusei, their stalwart defender, Rahim Ayew on the right side of the lateral defence, Issah Yakubu, a midfield general and Soulama Abdoulaye, a goalkeeper.
The league which should have started in September was put on hold because of the lawsuit filed against the FA by King Faisal football Club contesting the legitimacy of their relegation from the elite football division.
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