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Matchday 23 preview: Kotoko, Hearts get rest as Wafa eye another win

6:41 PM IST 14/07/17
Ghana’s two biggest clubs will not be in action but the Academy Boys will seek to extend their lead when they play at the Golden City Park

Except for Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, all other teams will be in action on matchday 23 of the Ghana Premier League this weekend.

Sunday’s scheduled Super Clash between the fierce rivals at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi has been indefinitely suspended following the Porcupine Warriors' fatal accident on Wednesday.

On their return from a midweek fixture against Inter Allies in Accra, Kotoko's team bus, carrying the playing body and the technical team, ran into a stationary truck at Nkawkaw, leading to several injuries and one confirmed casualty.

The remaining 14 teams, however, will be action, with the Professional League Board having directed all club officials and players to wear red and black armbands during their games, in addition to the observation of a minute's silence before kickoff in honour of the departed Kotoko deputy equipment officer Thomas Kofi Asare.

In Saturday’s only game, Bechem United, eighth on the log, host new boys Bolga All Stars in the Hunters’ search for their ninth win of the season.

Aduana Stars’ home clash with Ebusua Dwarfs arguably headlines Sunday’s fixtures. Three points below league leaders Wafa, the Fire Boys are eyeing a win against the Crabs who sit five places below.

Wafa, meanwhile, hope to consolidate their standing will full points in their away encounter with Berekum Chelsea. After nine defeats, the Blues sit 11th on the log.

On the back of the 1-0 midweek triumph over Kotoko, fifth-placed Inter Allies are seeking a second successive victory when they play as guests to newly-promoted Tema Youth.

At the Accra Sports Stadium, Awal Mohammed will be the central referee as Great Olympics lock horns with sixth-placed Medeama. The ‘Dade’ Boys occupy the 15th position.

Liberty Professionals suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to new boys Elmina Sharks in midweek. Fair to say that the Scientific Soccer Lads are looking to make amends in their away tie with reigning champions Wa All Stars.

Resurgent Ashanti Gold, meanwhile, hope to keep their good run with three points in their home game with Sharks. The Miners have won six and drawn one of their last seven matches.