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Ghana league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko-Aduana Stars Preview: The defending champions are bent on starting the league on a bright note

Ghana league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko

Michael Helegbe and Soulama Abdoulaye - Asante Kotoko

The Porcupine Warriors are up against a “stubborn” side as they start another journey aimed at retaining the league title

The 2013-14 Ghana premier league kicks off this weekend with the Kotoko-Aduana clash set to steal the show as the top-liner for the weekend.

The Porcupine Warriors are targeting a third straight title after dominating the league in the past two seasons.

Unfortunately, they will not be honouring their first home game of the season in front of their vociferous fans at their favourite Baba Yara Stadium.

The 22-time league champions who are serving a carried forward three-match home ban will be using the Sunyani Coronation Park as their homeground for the clash against Aduana Stars.

Aduana have always given Kotoko tough times and Sunday’s match is expected to be as competitive as the former meetings.

Just last season, the former champions frustrated Kotoko at that same venue in a match which ended 1-1.

Kotoko are fresh from a 3-0 win over Medema Sc in the Super Cup, and if that is anything to go by, then their guests should be bracing up for “fireworks.”

Coach Mas-Ud Dramani will be benefiting from the services of new signings including Abeiku Ainooson and Christopher Bonney as well as the return of Yahaya Mohammed who spent last season on loan at Amidaus Professionals.

Mohammed remains a massive asset after finishing his campaign last season as the highest scoring midfielder.

"Although I believe playing Aduana will not be easy, beating them will not be beyond us. You look at our team and you realize that the team work is there, there is cohesion and with these ingredients we will go places,” opines Jordan Opoku who made a return to Kotoko from Berekum FC.

This will be the first competitive match for Aduana's veteran trainer, J. E Sarpong who is making a return to the Ghanaian top-flight after parting ways with Liberty Professionals last season.