Ghana Premier League Preview: Kotoko seek victory against Tema Youth

Coach Steven Polack and his players are hoping to take giant steps into the second round of the 2016/17 Premier League, which resumes this weekend. Coming up against Tema Youth at the Tema Park on Sunday, Kotoko must claim maximum points to boost chances of regaining a respectable position while confirming their battle readiness for other matches. 

The 56-year-old English coach knows the local terrain quite well having coached King Faisal (2007 – 2009) and Berekum Chelsea twice, 2009 to 2011 and 2017. Polack is expected to bring his experience in the domestic league to guide Kotoko successfully. 

Since his arrival, Polack has taken the players through various training sessions – preparing them physically and mentally for the task ahead. A bit of his handiwork manifested last Sunday at the Swedru Park where Kotoko beat Proud United 1-0 to advance to the 1/16th stage of the FA Cup. 

Polack’s first assignment in the league is against Tema Youth, who are 12th on the table with 17 points. Polack had the chance to watch Tema Youth in the first round from the VIP Lounge at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. This time, he will be on the bench and he plans to come out well with his team after regulation time.

Kotoko commenced the season in a promising manner, going on unbeaten in the first seven matches – winning five and drawing two. The team however turned inconsistent in the subsequent eight matches as they drew four and lost four to finish 7th on the table with 21 points; scoring nine and also conceding nine goals. 

 

Credit: Asantekotokosc.com

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