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Matchday 18 preview: Wafa out to protect lead

12:10 PM EDT 6/8/17
With just two points separating the Academy Boys and Aduana Stars, there’s little room for errors as the Sogakope-based side play in Accra on Friday

When the Black Stars are in town, all other things take back stage, even the Ghana Premier League.

It is for this reason that matchday 18 matches of the topflight have be spread between Friday and Monday, with no game scheduled for Sunday when the Black Stars host Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Kumasi.

Although not the strongest game on paper, Wafa’s away clash with Liberty Professionals headlines six games slated for Friday, not only because the Academy Boys are in top form by their 5-0 humiliation of giants Hearts of Oak 5-0 on the previous matchday, but also because Klavs Rasmussen’s men currently hold the first position on the table.

Talk of Hearts, the Phobians are under pressure to make amends, and in bottom-placed Bolga All Stars, they couldn’t have had a more suitable opponent. Frank Nuttall’s side are third on the log.

Following last weekend’s 3-0 win over Bechem United, struggling Ashanti Gold are eyeing a second win on the bounce when they play away to Medeama, who sit seventh.

Meanwhile, Otis Oppong will be the central referee when Inter Allies welcome new boys Elmina Sharks to the El-Wak Stadium in Accra.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Wa All Stars and fourth-placed Berekum Chelsea will square off for three points in Wa, while Ebusua Dwarfs play Bechem United in the last game of Friday.

In Saturday’s only fixture, resurgent Great Olympics will lock horns with newly-promoted Tema Youth at the Accra Sports Stadium. Following a poor start to the season, the ‘Dade’ Boys have gone undefeated in their last four matches.

And finally on Monday, we have a match on our hands as the most successful club in Ghana Premier League history Asante Kotoko play as guests to second-placed Aduana Stars, who sit only two points below leaders Wafa.