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In 12 days time, the local league will be back on our screens after a short break as confirmed by the Premier League Board (PLB). The second round of fixtures will commence on the 5th of February at the various centres. Hearts of Lions will welcome Liberty Professionals at Kpando. Hearts of Oak will lock horns with Wa All Stars in Accra. 5th placed Sekondi Hasaacas will await the visit of Amidaus Professionals whilst at Gyamfi Park, Edubiase will battle Aduana Stars for the maximum three points. King Faisal will make the trip to Bechem to face Bechem United. The following week, which is on the 12th of February, league leaders Kumasi Asante Kotoko will face strugglers, Dwarfs whilst in Tema, bottom club, Inter Allies will look to grab all three points against Medeama. At the Golden City Park, Brekum Chelsea will host high flying Ashanti Gold FC.
FIXTURES IN FULL
Hearts of Lions vrs Liberty Professionals
Hearts of Oak vrs Wa All Stars
Sekondi Hasaacas vrs Amidaus
Professionals Edubiase vrs Aduana Stars
King Faisal vrs Bechem United
Asante Kotoko vrs Dwarfs
Inter Allies vrs Medeama
Brekum Chelsea vrs AshGold
…MEANWHILE THE BLACK STARS…
The local Black Stars, will clash with DR Congo in the quarter finals of the on-going CHAN tournament, for a place in the semi-finals. On Sunday, 26th January 2014, Coach Maxwell Konadu and his men will battle familiar opponent, DR Congo at 6:30pm Ghana Time. The local Black Stars topped Group C with 7 points whilst their opponents came second in Group D. In the maiden edition of the CHAN competition in 2009, DR Congo beat Ghana 2-0 in the final and it will be a case of repeat or revenge for either side.
Moving on to Spain, Barcelona President, Sandro Rossell has resigned following allegations concerning Neymar’s transfer from Santos to Barcelona. Rossell reported that the amount involved was 57 million euros but according to a Barcelona executive, Jordi Cases, the amount is in excess of 100 million euros and the case will be contested in court later in February. Barca vice president, Mr. Bartomeu has since taken over the presidency. As a result, elections will be held at the end of the season. Normally, the election was due in 2016.
Michael Essien is on his way to the Italian peninsula to join AC Milan in the coming days. The Ghanaian International has been frozen out at Chelsea FC and the arrival of defensive midfielder, Nemanja Matic from Benfica for a reported 21 million euros means that ‘The Bison’ has fallen further down the pecking order. The terms have been agreed and details will soon be available to the media.
WHAT’S THE MATTER
Spanish playmaker, Juan Manuel Mata is on the verge of joining Manchester United for a reported 40 million pounds, subject to medicals. The former Valencia player has been deemed “surplus” to requirement at Chelsea and has hardly featured in Jose Mourinho’s “second coming” at Chelsea. The 25 year old who has been Chelsea’s best player for the last two seasons does not feature in Jose Mourinho’s present and future plans, hence facilitating his move to rival club Manchester United. With the World Cup fast approaching, Juan Mata needs some games under his belt in order to make the cut for the greatest football mundial during the summer. In Juan Mata, Manchester United will have a world class player that will bolster the squad and also play a vital role in winning games for the red half of Manchester.
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