SAFC in Africa

Out of Africa

by Stuart Vose

Ghanaian club partners set for last-day drama.

Club partners Asante Kotoko are set for a last-day tussle to decide the destination of the Ghanaian Premier League title.

Kotoko, who have a close relationship with Sunderland as part of the club’s activities in Africa, are tantalizingly close to securing a second successive top-flight title.

The Porcupines lead second-placed Berekum Chelsea on goal difference, with both clubs locked on 53 points.

Kotoko head to mid-table Amideus Profs on Saturday for their final game of the 30-match season.

Meanwhile, rivals Berekum face an away trip to Heart of Lions, who sit just two points outside the relegation zone.

Chairman Dr K K Sarpong is looking forward to the final-day drama and says his club is continuing to make progress.

“We have learned a lot [from Sunderland],” he told

“The previous season we sent our coach over and he came back and won the league.

“[International development coach] Gordon Chisholm has visited us three or four times and a whole set of things have been discussed.

“Our technical capacity has been built all with the help of Sunderland, and we are most grateful.”

He added: “Sunderland has fantastic people. We have been given all the due attention and support, which we appreciate.”

Kotoko, who signed a partnership agreement with Sunderland in 2011, were voted the top African side of the 20th century and play at the 40,000-capacity Kumasi Sports Stadium.

As well as their progress in the league, the club have also reached the domestic cup final and will face Medeama in July.