THE BIG ONE: Relegation Battle Intensifies As Faisal & Dwarfs Clash In Six-pointer
When all is said and done, the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season will go down as one of the most competitive in recent memory.
But while the title challenge (if it can even be described as such at this point) between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko has been all-consuming, a just-as-feisty battle — for survival, in this case — at the lower end of the table has produced its own sparks.
On Saturday, two of the sides involved, at a real risk of suffering demotion, will go head-to-head when Kumasi King Faisal host Ebusua Dwarfs at the Ohene Ameyaw Park.
You love a good old six-pointer, don’t you?
Well, this — with just two more games to the end of the season — is certainly one. Dwarfs are currently 14th on the league table, only a point above Faisal (red-zoned in 16th), but from both teams’ last few games, you wouldn’t think they’re in much trouble.
Faisal are unbeaten in their last four, while Dwarfs have won three (and lost just one) in five. Their most recent results — Faisal holding Kotoko, and Dwarfs doing same to Hearts — were particularly morale-boosting and, on current form, there’s very little to separate the pair.
If there is any edge to be had, though, Faisal, inspired by wins over Legon Cities and Accra Great Olympics in the last two matches at their temporary Techiman base, would want to claim it.
Much of that would depend on the presence and efficacy of 12-goal striker Kwame Peprah, and Dwarfs would seek to cancel out that threat at the other end with the rich vein of form and impeccable ability from dead-ball situations of captain Dennis Korsah.