Veteran sports journalist Kwabena Yeboah says the Hearts-Kotoko fixture remains the most relevant fixture in Ghana football and has urged Ghanaians to cherish and nourish it.
Yeboah, a writer and broadcaster on Ghana football for over thirty years says far from losing it’s luster, it is growing in strength and expects it to remain so for years to come.
In clear language, it is THE fixture. The importance of the fixture is such that once you eliminate Hearts and Kotoko from the league, there is no league,” Yeboah told 3FM’s Warm Up program in the build up to the Hearts-Kotoko game. “It is the fixture every sportsman or woman looks forward to. It is what defines our league.”
“Maybe to put it within context it is because Hearts and Kotoko have had a duopoly in the league for so long, Because one of them always wins the league, their games have come to take on special meaning,” he added.
Yeboah also strongly disputes the notion that in recent years, the fixture has come to lose it’s relevance because of the emergence of other clubs strong enough to challenge that duopoly.
“If anyone has any doubts about the important of this fixture, then they should come to the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday to see things for themselves. It will be an exagration of course to suggest the same interest in terms of fan attendance as it used to in the 70s, 80a and 90s but the reason is simple.”
“We appear to be bereft of the quality of players we had in the past because of uncontrolled exodus. In the past you could go to watch Mohammed Polo, the dribbling magician who did wonderful things on the ball, Mahama Acquah the Bomber was absolutely massive, Annas Thunder was indescribable and Robert Hammond was called the most Expensive player. Peter Lamptey the Goal Thief was immense. Every body wanted to see these players. But these dayys because of the lack of quality we just dont have that again.”
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