Dreams FC will lock horns with 2016/2017 Ghana Premier League Champions, Aduana Stars on Saturday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi in the GHALCA’s G-8 tournament.
The Group A fixture game will be the third meeting between the two clubs in two years with both clubs recording a win each.
Dreams FC suffered their heaviest defeat so far in any outing in the hands of Aduana as they were battered 4-0 at the Dormaa Park in the Ghana Premiership game on May 8, 2016 though Dreams defeated them 2-0 in Dawu in the reverse fixture.
The G-8 game is being played on a neutral ground there by giving both teams an equal chance to amass all the three maximum points.
In terms of preparations, Dreams FC look more equipped having played seven friendly games winning five and drawing two whilst Aduana have so far been quiet in the off season as their focus has mainly been on securing players for their Africa campaign.
The premiership returnees have all their players fit. Much will depend on skipper Leonard Owusu, who is in the form of his life as well as offensive midfielder, Benjamin Ayim and striker Zuberu Sharani, who have netted nine goals between them in the off-season games.
Aduana’s squad look depleted with the departure of Godfred Saka, Wahab Adams, Richard Mpong and others but they have been able to bring in brilliant youngsters such as Caleb Amankwa, Emmanuel Boateng and others although their ability to gel will be the problem.
In the technical aspect, Dreams FC have in their fold veteran coach, Karim Zito whose deep understanding and knowledge of the game can be the difference between the two clubs.
Dreams have played three times in the Ashanti Region. They’ve won two and lost one. They beat both Ashgold and Edubiase in the 2015/ 2016 Ghana Premier League but lost to Kotoko.
Aduana Stars on the other hand have never won at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. They’ve always found it tough winning games there. That could be to Dreams’ advantage.