Danbort can be dangerous In MTN-FA Cup tie in Kumasi
In MTN-FA Cup tie in Kumasi
By John Vigah
In terms of quality, stature, prominence, age – name them, Nungua –based warriors – danbort FC, come nowhere near the Asenteman Porcupine Warriors, Kumasi Asante Kotoko. That is without any scintilla of doubt.
Twice conquerors of Africa and 21 times winners of the local league, with countless domestic laurels to show, Kotoko are arguably one of the finest decorated outfits on the continent.
For a second division outfit like Danbort- born only some 13 years ago as an under-12 side and with virtually nothing big to show, pitting them against Kotoko in the next stage of the MTN-FA Cup smacks of nothing but injustice.
Chairman of the FA-Cup Committee, Lepowura M.N.D Jawula, who picked Danbort against Kotoko in last Friday’s live draw, may have felt remorseful-and probably rueful, for the Nungua lads who are also known as the Warriors.
Indeed, supporters of Kotoko flung into excitement when their opponents were announced. They teased, cart-wheeled for joy, and danced around officials of Danbort at the Media centre of the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium where the draw was staged.
“it’s a done deal … it’s a cool chop,” a Kotoko voice pierced through the din of the liveliness created around the Media Centre.
The small band of Danbort faithfuls – apparently stunned at who their next opponents were, only grinned and sauntered away.
Perhaps, no celebration yet! The warning to the Kotoko contingent is that the Nungua Warriors can be dangerous-and can upset the applecart when left to chase the game.
Though a young fledging contingent, Danbort play with the aplomb of veterans, and are always prepared to die on the pitch fighting than giving up. They have fallen behind in most of their games but staged some stormy finishes to record dramatic wins.
No wonder, the club’s motto is: No retreat, no surrender.
Endowed with a rich galaxy of young energetic players with an average age of between 17-24, Danbort got to this stage by flushing out fellow second division side – Third World FC, in a match the Warriors could have won by a wider margin.
Already, many have tagged the January 21 meeting at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi a David and Goliath affair. But players and officials of Danbort say they are not intimidated by playing against the defending FA champions, at all.
“We didn’t expect to meet any big team at this stage, but once Kotoko have come our way, we have to be ready to play them. We are not afraid at all,” storms club’s top goal poacher.
For Coach Jimmy Corblah, it’s the big opportunity Danbort have been waiting for to test the mental strength of the boys.
“Methinks it’s a huge opportunity for the boys to prove to the world the stuff they are made of – and I strongly believe they will give Kotoko a good run for their money, Coach Corblah adds.
Coach Corblah was assistant to Bashiru Hayford when Hearts of Lions beats Kotoko to win the Top 4 crown in the 2004/05 season – and he definitely knows what he is talking about.
“for followers of the Porcupine Warriors of Kumasi, watch out for Danbort- the out-and-out warriors of Nungua.”
Source: // Ghanaian Times
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