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Match Day 17 of the GN Bank Division One League will come on as scheduled this Wednesday with the race to the premiership a neck and neck race between Berekum Arsenal and Mighty Royals in Zone one where the two sides are tied for the summit on 33points with the former having the advantage and in Zone three where the Old Ladies of Ghana soccer – Gt. Olympics – have a 3point lead over second placed Okyeman Planners. In Zone two, Elmina Sharks have at least a comfortable 8point lead over the pack. The midweek fixtures have several thrilling lineups as Mighty Royals and Okyeman Planner will test their fortunes on the dangerous streets of the wilderness of division one soccer for the second straight time, and Achiken will get the chance to do some damage to the visiting undefeated Elmina Sharks.

In Zone one, leaders - B. Arsenals – will pitch their quest for glory against FC Tanga on the road in a top four encounter between number one and number four. Definitely the topmost encounter in the zone as the promising FC Tanga side look to shake off the bitter taste of their second round opening day humiliating 4-0 road loss to Berlin FC. Coming off their Sunday 2-0 home win over Wa Rockets, Arsenal will have to play one of their best games yet against their hosts who have turned their home turf into a fortress where they remain undefeated and are yet to drop a point after 8games. Seems like Arsenals will indeed by lucky to pick up a point in this one. Second placed Mighty Royals will also attempt to shake off the recent manhandling and pummeling they took at the hands of RTU as they take to the road for the second straight time as guests of an unpredictable and surging 6th placed Bolga All Stars side. The Bolga Lads haven’t fared badly at home with worthy victories over RTU and B. A. United, plus the chance to avenge their 3-1 first loss to the Royals will serve as extra motivation. And third placed Berlin FC, though playing on the road will have the chance to narrow the gap for the top spot with a win over lowly 15th placed Liberty Babies.

Can Vanli and his 5th placed Bofokwa Tano outfit can gather some serious momentum for the top spot following a woeful performance in the last quarter of the first round that saw them fall off the summit and the top four places with a road win over 14th placed Steadfast FC. Fresh off their impressive 3-0 opening day shellacking of the Royals, RTU will have the chance to test their readiness to contend in the second round, this time on the road, as they take on a fairly good Wa Rockets side who will be looking to get back into the winning column after going down on the road this past Sunday.

Seven points off the lead – B.A. United will have the chance to avenge their opening day second round loss as they host Guan FC at the SCP, Tamale Utrecht can make amends at home for their recent defeat at the expense of Unity FC and cellar dwellers – Bawku Utd – will have the chance to start digging out as hosts of Mpuasuman.

 

In Zone 2, Elmina Sharks with their comfortable 10 points lead over second placed Karela FC and the game in hand Gold Stars will look to increase their points haul at the top with a road victory over a seemingly incapable but somewhat dangerous 12th placed Achiken side that will likely go all out for the win to end the visitors unbeaten run at Adansi Hweremoasi in what looks like a trap game for the Sharks. The Sharks managed just a goal against Achiken in the first round and the latter’s current 4 win record belies their strength, especially on their home turf where they remain undefeated with their biggest win thus far being a 3-1 walloping of a credible Gold Stars side.  Sharks better be on the lookout. Second placed Karela FC will seek to continue their recent resurgence that ended at the hands of Samartex with a lone goal defeat in week 14, and they will have to avoid being sunk at Dunkwa Utd in midweek action as their second straight win of the second round will have to come on the road against a credible Dunkwa side that has solid home wins against Deportivo and Gold Stars to back up their strength at home, plus they will be looking to rebound from their 3-0 match day 16 loss to Deportivo. A tough game awaits Karela. Pitfalls on the road has been the bane of Gold Stars in the face of an otherwise excellent performance this season and they will be hard-pressed for the win or at least a draw as they take on a Proud Utd side that cannot afford a second straight loss. Proud Utd are beatable at home but Gold Stars will have to work hard for it.

Sekondi based Eleven Wise saw their hopes of playing catch up for the top spot flame out on the road with a lone goal loss to Starke FC, a result that saw them fall behind by a whopping 11points but they will have the chance to draw closer with a win at home and perhaps some unexpected help from Achiken who will be playing their ‘World Cup’ finals against the division leaders. Nzema Kotoko have surprised many with their recent surge that has them in fifth place, following an impressive five straight game winning run that they will have to put on the line against Tarkwa Utd on the road. A tough looking game for the hosts who are coming off a 2-0 home win this past Sunday and will surely like to go up 2-0 on the barely week old second half of the season.

Elsewhere in the zone, Samartex will look to improve on their fortunes at home against Starke FC, Corners will battle it out at the B. Yara Stadium with Asokwa Deportivo as their guests and Cape Coast Venomous Vipers will continue their search for the right combination of toxins as they seek to end their recent 4 straight game losing run as hosts of the cellar dwelling King Faisal who are riding a two game losing streak and look quite ripe for a season beyond the wilderness of Division One soccer.

 

In Zone three, summit holders, Accra Great Olympics will have the perfect opportunity at home to keep their bid for top tier soccer on course as they go for the revenge against Pure Joy and the search of their third straight win in three outings following back to back victories over Danbort FC that allowed them to hold on to the division summit and also open a 3point lead. Pure Joy threw a curve ball into the Dade Boys’ march with a lone goal upset in week 14 and the latter will have nothing but revenge on their minds. Olympics have a mission in mind and on hand and this is one of those instances where player turned coach – Godwin Attram – does not need to preach to the choir. Okyeman Players will also look to hold on to the second spot as well as maintain the pressure for the summit, unfortunately they will have to do both on the road as they take on an unpredictable 5 win Sporting Mirren side at Aquinas. SP Mirren have held their own at home thus far, notable conquests at home include a lone goal win over Okwawu Utd and a 4-1 crushing of Vision FC, a cagey game for the guests. And third placed Vision FC will have the chance to move up to the second spot with a home win over lowly King Solomon should things break their way.

Six points behind the chase – Heart of Lions – will have the chance to keep hope alive with a home win as they go for the double against Nania FC, a side they edged on the road by a lone goal in their first clash of the season. Okwawu Utd have also seen their push for the top spot tailor off following a string of ties, three of them coming in their last three outings and they will have the chance to turn things around at home as they take on Istanbul, a side that held them to one of their many recent ties.

Elsewhere in the zone, Tema Youth can move up the log with a road win over the badly bruised Roberto FC who was every teams whipping boy for 8 straight matches and just got back into the losing column on opening day of the second round after halting the slide on match day 15, Tema Youth will have to work for the win though. Amidaus will slug it out at home with Mighty Jets for the chance to improve their lot and so will Kotoku Royals who will have revenge on their minds as they lay out the welcome mats for Danbort FC who will be playing hard to avoid a straight three game losing run.

 

 See below for full fixtures

 

ZONE 1 - DAY 17 - 29TH & 30TH JUNE, 2016 (MIDWEEK)

WED      WA STADIUM                                           WA ROCKET VS RTU       

WED      BOLGA PARK                                            FC TANGA VS ARSENAL

THURS  TAMALE MAIN                                           LIBERTY BABIES VS BERLIN         

WED      SUNYANI CORONATION PARK                    B. A. UTD VS GUAN UTD              

WED      BAWKU PARK                                          BAWKU UTD VS MPUASUMAN 

WED      TAMALE ACADEMY                                  TAMALE UTRECHT VS UNITY      

WED      TAMALE MAIN                                         STEADFAST VS BOFOAKWA        

THURS  BOLGA PARK                                            BOLGA ALL STARS VS MIGHTY ROYALS  

 

ZONE 2 -DAY 17 - 29TH & 30TH JUNE, 2016 (MIDWEEK)

 

WED      CAPE COAST                                       VENOMOUS VIPERS VS KING FAISAL     

WED      ADANSI HWEREMOASI                          ACHIKEN VS SHARKS     

THURS  GYANDU                                               PROUD UTD. VS GOLDSTARS     

WED      GYANDU                                              ELEVEN WISE VS WASSAMAN UTD.        

WED      SAMRABOI                                          SAMARTEX VS   STARKE

WED      DUNKWA                                            DUNKWA UTD. VS KARELA         

THURS  BABA YARA                                         CORNERS VS DEPORTIVO            

WED      TARKWA                                            TARKWA UTD VS NZEMA KOTOKO          

 

ZONE 3 - DAY 17 - 29TH & 30TH JUNE, 2016 (MID WEEK)

 

THURS  SOGAKOPE                            ROBERTO VS TEMA YOUTH         

WED      KWEIMAN                             VISION VS KING SOLOMON       

WED      KPANDO                               LIONS VS NANIA             

WED      FIRE SERVICE T.S.               OLYMPICS VS PURE JOY

WED      ODA                                    KOTOKU ROYALS VS DANBORT 

WED      NKAWKAW                          OKWAWU UTD. VS ISTANBUL    

WED      TEMA                                 AMIDAUS VS MIGHTY JETS         

WED      AQUINAS                            SPORTING MIRREN VS PLANNERS           

 

 

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