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Ghana Premier League: FC Samartex 1997 vs Bibiani Gold Stars- Preview

FC Samartex 1996 could be crowned 2023-24 Ghana Premier League champions on Sunday if they beat Bibiani Gold Stars in an epic Western regional derby at the Nsenkyire Sports Arena.

The Timber giants will be installed as the new champions if they win and both Aduana Stars and defending champions Medeama fail to win against Bechem United and Heart of Lions respectively.

Bibiani GoldStars FC will be aiming to be part spoilers as they make the journey to a venue they have thrived in the past.

It promises to be an absorbing contest amid a huge expectations for the home fans who are anxious of winning the Premier League title for the first time in their history and represent Ghana in the 2024-24 CAF Champions League.

FC Samartex 1996 have won 2 and suffered 3 defeats in their last 5 league games. The Timber Giants have accumulated 55 points after 31 matches and are six points clear on top of the table ahead of Aduana FC and defending champions Medeama SC.

Coach Nurudeen Amadu’s side are the best home performing club in the league currently, following 14 wins and 1 defeat in 15 appearances with 42 accumulated points, scoring 30 and conceding 6 in the process.

They beat Bofoakwa Tano 3-0 in their last home game heading into this fixture and are the second club with the most number of goals scored at home.

Bibiani Gold Stars have accumulated 43 points from 31 matches and are 10th on the table, having won 2, drawn 2 and suffered 1 defeat in their last 5 outings.

The Miners have recorded 9 points away from home in this campaign, scoring 6 and conceding 22 goals. Bibiani Gold Stars are ranked as the 4th least away performing club and are winless in their last 3 away games.

It’s a cracker between two high scoring teams in the league.

FC Samartex 1996 have played Bibiani Gold stars once at home in the league after gaining promotion into the Premiership in the 2022/23 season with the Timber Giants losing 0-3 to the Miners.

Evans Osei Wusu and Baba Musa are expected to lead the attack for FC Samartex on Sunday. Emmanuel Keyekeh, Emmanuel Mamah, Emmanuel Adu Siaw, Emmanuel Boakye Owusu, Desmond Gyabeng, Kwesi Ofosu, James Sewornu, Dauda Yussif Seidu, Samuel Tetteh Mensah, Isaac Afful, Michael Efson and Ebenezer Ocran could all be available for the clash on Sunday.

Bibiani Gold Stars talisman Prince Kwabena Owusu will be available for the game on Sunday and hope to extend his 9-goal tally.

The likes of Alex Aso, Vincent Atingah, Emmanuel Appau, Eric Bosomtwi, William Dankyi, Ronald Frimpong, Adraman Yahaya, Gideon Anaba, Frank Amankwa, Appiah McCarthy, Charles Gyamfi, Sadat Mohammed and Mawuli Wayo could all be available for selection.


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