The big stage is set for Sunday’s crucial CAF Champions League return leg between Ghana’s Asante Kotoko and Kano Pillars of Nigeria.
The game is the most talked about in Ghana and very important for the Porcupine Warriors who must shut the defense and produce a swift reaction after the defeat in Kano a fortnight ago.
After a 3-2 defeat at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, Kotoko will welcome the Pillars in Kumasi with the hope of taking their revenge and securing passage to the next round.
The record champions of Ghana Premier League need to be on their guard and must show determination, dedication and discipline at the back, as opposed to their behaviour during the fixture in Nigeria.
While the Ghanaians would be aiming for nothing short of full marks, the Nigerian Aiteo Cup winners will be looking forward to consolidate their gains.
There are no serious injury situations at the camp of the Porcupines with notable exception being that of striker, Songne Yacouba, who returned to training this week.
Possible Kotoko starting XI: Annan (GK, C), Dacoster, Owusu, Wahab, Habib, Blay, Didi, Gyamfi, Andoh, Abege, Arthur.
Coach Ibrahim Musa had to make do without David Ebuka, Sunday Chinedu Adamu Hassan and Ali Malam for the first leg due to late paperwork and still will set up his side for the second leg without them.
Gambo Muhammad, who scored the winning goal in Kano against the Porcupines, as well as Ikenna Hillary, are two of the players that have been dropped for the big game.
Possible Kano Pillars starting XI: Ayeleso (GK), Dennis, Madaki, Anyanwu, Musa, Adeshola, Yaro, Aneazemba, Rahaqqu, Ali (C), Nyima.
By Delrand Nii Ansah Mensah Whyte (SKIPPER), Daily Mail GH