THE long wait is finally over and on Sunday at he Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak go head to head for the umpteenth time in the history of football in Ghana as the Glo Premier league hits fever pitch.
This is Ghana’s version of the EL classico fought in Spain between F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid with much bragging rights at stake for fans of the two teams.
The game is no doubt the top draw of the week nine fixtures and has all the attractions to bring fans to the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi as Kotoko will be seeking to protect a long unbeaten run against their rivals in league games in Kumasi.
Their last defeat to the Phobians when three points were at stake was in 1999 when an Edmund Copson effort made sure Hearts claimed a 1-0 victory over the Reds.
Since then, the best the Phobians have gathered have been draws on occasions they have not lost; the last of which came last season when they fought bravely to earn a 3-3 result in a game they were highly tipped to lose.
On that occasion, Asante Kotoko missed a host of chances that could have secured the three points for them, and they will want to make amends this time with a win and at the same time protecting their long unbeaten run in Kumasi.
It is however Hearts who go into this game highly optimistic as they occupy top spot on the league ladder four points clear off their nearest rivals and in confident mood of returning to Accra with a win.
That however will have to come at a cost as the Phobians are aware of the threat expected to be posed by the Reds who have enjoyed a not too good sequence of results lately.
Kotoko at home will always prove difficult to beat and for Hearts to pull a fast one over them, it would require a lot of hard work, zeal and determination to breakdown this Kotoko side despite their lack of confidence at the moment.
In other games, AshantiGold will welcome King Faisal to the Len Clay Stadium at Obuasi hoping to get back to winning ways after losing to All Blacks last Sunday.
Tema Youth travel up north to Tamale to face RTU in a game expected to be fiercely contested; All Stars host Eleven Wise at the Wa Stadium hoping to protect their unbeaten home record.
Sekondi Hasaacas host Gamba All Blacks at the Sekondi Stadium at Essipong in a game they badly need all three points to improve their standing on the league table.
Sporting Mirren are on a good run at the moment, and will seek to climb further up the ladder as they welcome Berekum Arsenal to the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.
The Monday night game will also be in Accra as Liberty Professionals host Kessben FC at the Ohene Djan Stadium looking for their fourth home win of the campaign.
The game between Bechem Chelsea and Kpando Heart of Lions at the Coronation Park in Sunyani will be played at a later date as Lions will on Sunday play Burkinabe side Etoile Filante in a first leg first round CAF Champions league qualifier.
¨ GOOD strokes and excellent putting ensured that Francis Torgah and Jessica Tei won the day when the ladies captain prize golf tourney came off at the Tema Country Golf Club last Saturday, reports George Osei.
Torgah closed the one-day stabledford competition on a net of 65 to win the men events, two strokes better than Ernest Kumi and three ahead of Bob Evans who finished second and third respectively.
The event sponsored by the outgoing lady captain of the club Florence Etwi-Barima, attracted some of the big names in the golfing industry who were all too eager to win a prize.
Jessica Tei a 17 year old golfer from the Achimota club, won the ladies event with a net of 66 ahead of the strong field that competed.
Her score of 66 was two strokes better than Ama Morgan and Mona Captan, Myers Lamptey who took second and third place respectively.
Tei later told Times Sports that she had been playing golf for the last five years and was grateful to Florence Etwi-Barima for all the support she had given her since.
She hopes to become the first Ghanaian lady to turn professional a feat she says will come after five years.
Tei further adviced young ladies to take to the sport believing that they stand to gain a lot from the experience she had gathered.
In the professionals event, Vincent Torgah proved too strong for the competition as he won with a gross of 66, five strokes better than Baba Akologo who came second.