Fresh from a penalty shootout win over archrivals Heart of Oak in the 2017 President Cup, Kotoko will welcome Medeama to their home ground at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday and will be hoping to maintain that momentum in order to put more smiles on faces.
After a difficult start to the campaign that saw the removal of three coaches, Kotoko seem to be in good hands at the moment, with coach Steve Polack steering the destiny of the club in the right direction.
Under the English manager, the Porcupines have gone eight games without a defeat, which has contributed in quelling the anger of local supporters.
Currently fourth on the log with 32 points, eight behind leaders Wafa, with 10 matches more to round off the season, the Porcupines are setting sights on the title once more. They say they can and want to prove they can.
However, they were stretched by the Phobians in the President Cup, and it wasn’t an easy victory. In the initial encounter which was suspended due to bad weather, both teams were battling it out at 1-1 after the hour mark.
The replay ended in a goalless draw before the hosts emerged as winners of the penalties on a 4-1 scoreline.
It perhaps shows Kotoko can still be handled and dealt with by their Accra rivals at any venue.
Could Medeama draw inspiration from that on Sunday? Nothing is sure, but on paper, the Porcupines appear to be more favoured to carry the day. However, trailing by five points and currently resting at No.6 on the log, the Miners are very much aware that games against top sides like Kotoko are crucial to their campaign.
The objective could be a draw. Picking a point at the Baba Yara Stadium would be a laudable feat for the visitors and a morale booster ahead of the final lap, but how strong are Medeama to stop Kotoko from scoring and walking away as victors?
Both teams have experienced a fair share of losses so far. Kotoko have lost four games and drawn seven while Medeama have been beaten six times, with seven of their encounters ending in stalemates.
Polack’s charges would be buoyed by home support but that could backfire if they feel excess pressure to deliver to please the fans, instead of focusing on the realities and details of the game itself.
As the Ghana Premier enters its final stretch this weekend, clubs would be stepping out with extreme caution to avoid blunders that may not be repaired before the ultimate matchday.