Ghana DOL: Preview of week 8, Zone One – Young Apostles ready to roll against Arsenal, Pressure mounting on Gbewaa FC coach, and RTU set for tough Suntaa test

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The 2020/21 Division One League season rolls on this weekend, with some key fixtures taking place at both ends of the Zone 1 table.

The standout game is undoubtedly on Sunday at the Coronation Park as Young Apostles go head-to-head with leaders Berekum Arsenal.

Both sides have been in decent form over the past few weeks and will be eager to showcase their respective credentials this weekend.

The former Premier League side are unbeaten in their last seven games in the Zone and will rightly fancy their chances of enhancing that record against Apostles.

Gbewaa FC travel to Wamanafo Community Park to face Unity FC on Sunday desperately needing to produce a positive performance.

The Lions have drawn just twice in the league this season and turned in a lacklustre display against Nsoatreman FC last week at home.

The pressure is undoubtedly mounting on care-taker Coach Nurudeen Sham-Una and a defeat this weekend could mount more pressure on the young man.

RTU have bounced back from successive draws against Nsoatreman FC and Techiman City to record an impressive victory at Paga Crocodile Stars last Sunday.

They return to the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium on Saturday to face a Wa Suntaa team ready to return to winning ways after recording their first hone defeat against Tamale City last week.

However Real Tamale United have really started to realise their potential of qualifying and they represent terrific value to win again this week.

Bofoakwa Tano were a little inconsistent during the early part of the campaign, but there have been signs in recent weeks that they are now beginning to hit their stride.

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The Hunters 2-0 victory over Kintampo FC in week seven was the fifth successive game they have gone without defeat. But after showing signs of improving their game as well, Nkoranza Warriors will not just be push overs especially playing at home.

Steadfast FC are just four points off top spot after seven matches and look a good bet to record a victory at Techiman City on Friday.

Steadfast were forced to work hard by Unity FC last weekend, but the extra quality in their squad eventually shone through without Issahaku Abdul Fataw who is with National U-20 tean in Mauritania.

Alhassan Abu and Alhassan Siisu have been lethal in front of goal in Fataw’s absence, while Mariwan will be eager to impress following his recent return to the squad.

Tamale City will be keen to keep tabs on the early pace-setters in the Zone One table as they take on Mighty Royals on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens deservedly won at Wa Suntaa last weekend, and a victory against the away side would leave them handily placed heading into week nine.

The Royals made an excellent start to the season, before losing their unbeaten record to slide down the table. The two teams have 13 points apiece with goals separating them on the log.

In other games, Kintampo FC will look to register their first win of the season when they welcome B. A. United , while Nsoatreman FC continue their resurgent at home to Paga Crocodile Stars. Due to the ban on the Twumasi Sports Complex by the Football Association for violence conduct, Nsoatreman FC will now play their home games at the Sunyani Coronation Park.

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All games however will be played behind close doors as the Ghana Football Association take measure to combat Covid-19.

By: Sey Mubarick

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