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Zakaria Mumuni admits his first ever league game for Aduana Stars against Inter Allies is not going to be easy.

The precocious star has just joined Aduana Stars after a scintillating performance with West African Football Academy last season.

Speaking to Aduanafc.com, Zakaria says he expects a tough first game of the season.

“It’s not going to be easy at all because it will be my debut match for the team. I don’t think it is going to be easy.

“We cannot say we are going to beat Inter Allies because of the players we have got because in football, anything can happen. I think it is going to be a tough game.”

He added: “I will like to score on my debut for Aduana Stars and I would love the team to win as well. If we are able to do both, I will say I have had a successful debut. We need the prayers and support of our fans to get the win.”

Aduanafc.com spoke to Head Coach Nurudeen Ahmed ahead of the team’s first game of the season against Inter Allies on Sunday.

Read a transcript of the interview below:

On the team news: We don’t have any injury situation at the moment. Zakaria [Mumuni] was not well but he was able to train. Bright too also trained today so it’s confirmed that they are fit and eligible to play on Sunday. We don’t have any injury situation at the moment.

On the team’s preparation for Inter Allies match: Our preparation has been normal. We would have wished that we played against a lower Division side before the Inter Allies match but we couldn’t. But all that notwithstanding, obviously [Sunday’s game against Inter Allies] is an away match and the pressure and expectation [for the match] is high. On the other hand, we did not get the fixture the way we want because that is the first match so we are hopeful that we should get a good result from the match.

 On his selection headache with the array of star players at his disposal: It’s normal [with the array of stars at our disposal] but selection is going to be based on the number of training sessions that we have had, tactical preparations and how they are going to fit into the team tactics, and the way forward. It’s going to be based on performance and how the players can adapt to the technical elements of the game at stake because it’s an away match and we are going to be under pressure so we need to have people who are focused; who are tactically good and can stand the test of the match.

On going to play on an Astroturf pitch: No, it’s not going to be an issue at all. I remember when we were at Wa AllStars, we never had access to the pitch. But our players are experienced and they have played on the pitch before so it is not going to be an issue even though we would have wished we had some training sessions on the turf. But we were able to train on a small sized Astroturf pitch yesterday so it’s enough.

On the game he is expecting from Inter Allies: Yes, it’s going to be tough because they are playing at home. They will take advantage of the pitch and the support. But I think Aduana supporters are also many in Accra and they will come to support the team. Also, the game being the first match means it’s not going to be easy for both teams because teams always pick up their performances as the matches progress. It’s not going to be a 100% performance but we are hopeful that In Sha Allah, we get a good result in the match

On facing ex-Aduana coach Herbert Addo and whether he still knows the players well: No, that one is not going to be an issue. We have new players and those players he used to work with are not here, but a few are still around. But I don’t think that will not be an issue or a problem. They also have problems.

On whether Herbert Addo’s experience will have an effect on the game: No, I don’t think so. The game is going to be based on the players and the tactical approach that each team is going to apply. I think we have more experienced players and we hope to give them a match of their lives, In Sha Allah.

On what a win on Sunday will do for the team: A win will be a great start for the team because the expectation is high and if we get the win, I think that our aspirations would have been on course.

Aduana Stars unveiled new signings for the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League season as well as a newly acquired 47-seater Grand bird Parkway Bus on Sunday, the 14th of February, 2016.

The unveiling ceremony which was massively hyped by local media in Dormaa Ahenkro and beyond, attracted people from all walks of life including some traditional rulers, business moguls, priest, District Chief Executives as well as boisterous supporters of the club.

Barimah Yeboah Kordie II, the Board Chairman of the Club who doubles as the Aduanahene of the Dormaa Traditional Area, said it took the ingenuity of Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, the Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area, some members of the Board to plan for the acquisition of the new bus after realising the team’s drastic need for one, as it had always hired bus to transport the club for its trips.

He underscored the need for all and sundry to support the team to win this year’s league.

Mr Gordon Asubonteng, the Dormaa Municipal Chief Executive, lauded the team’s historic feat chalked in first premiership title, noting this has raised the image of Aduana FC, Dormaa and the Brong Ahafo Region.

He thanked Nananom for their unflinching support for the club indicating that the team is owned by the Dormaa state, adding that it was important to continuously evolve strategies for everybody’s assistance to compliment that of nananom and the Board members.

The MCE said the Dormaa Central Municipal Assembly would set up a management fund to help support the club.

Mr Albert Commey, the Chief Executive Officer of the club, observed that contemporary football had become a lucrative business these days and as such all hands must be placed on deck to help it achieve its lost glory.

The ceremony was also used to unveil a new set of jerseys (first and second colour jerseys) and the 13 new players signed for the club.

The players are Rashid Alhassan, Wahid Issahaku, Maxwell Frimpong, Sampson Boapong Wirekoh, and Zakari Mumuni.

Others are Bright Adjei, Stephen Anorkye Badu, Noah Martey, Yakubu Mohammed and Richard Mpong.

The rest are Joseph Addo, Yahaya Mohammed and Ebenezer Opoku.

Aduana Stars’ talented youngster, Sampson Boampong Wirekoh is thrilled with his call-up to the camp of the national under-20 side.

The slippery winger who joined Aduana Stars from Windy Professionals during the transfer window, was named in the list of called up players for the Black Satellites team that are in camp to begin the first phase of preparations for upcoming assignments.

Known in football circles as ‘Messi’ due to his resemblance play like Messi of Barcelona, Sampson Boampong Wirekoh expressed his joy at the invitation, an action he stressed ill go a long way to boost his confidence.

“It is every player’s dream to play for the national team at any level and I am happy that I have this opportunity and I know it will motivate me the more to give off my best at all times”, Sampson Boampong Wirekoh mentioned in a chat with aduanafc.com.

Rev. Fredrick Baffoe, District pastor of the Apostles Continuation Church and a staunch supporter of the club yesterday made products donation to help the team prepare adequately ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. 

The team is finalizing preparations towards the start of the Premier League slated for the 20th of February, 2016.

The Reverend who has been a regular donor to the club presented an impressive number of energy drinks and bottled water at the team's training grounds.

"I have been following this club since its inception and I will always do my best to support from time to time. I always say a lot prayers for the club because I will say I was one of the people in Dormaa who called upon Nana Agyemang Badu II to help get us premier division club in our town." he stated

He then charged the team to go all out and give off their utmost best in order to clinch the league trophy this season.

The C.E.O of the club, Albert Commey in taking delivery of the products on behalf of the playing body assured Hearts Rev. Baffoe of their determination to deliver a resounding league performance in the upcoming league campaign. 

"A club would be much better of with such donations from supporters and this gesture really gives both players and management a lot of hope that our good work is never going unnoticed. God should replace your loss. Just as Oliver twist did we always ask for more", the C.E.O addressed.

The team will lock horns with Elmina Sharks at the Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman I Stadium on Friday, 12th February, 2016 as part of the preparation before the league begins.

The Supporters Union of Aduana Stars led by their Chairman Mr. Kwajogo has presented to the club jerseys and balls in support of the team’s training programme.  This donation has come to beef up the logistics of the club. The Union has been a regular donor to the club.

At a brief ceremony at the stadium, Chief Executive, Albert Commey after the  presentation expressed sincere thanks to the Supporters Union for  their continued support for the club and hoped that the donation would motivate the management and the players to strive to attain greater laurels for the club.

“We thank Mr. Kwajogo and his entourage for the support; it came at the right time and it will help us cut down certain cost. They have always been there for us and we sincerely appreciate their effort.

Aduana are preparing feverishly for the start of the 2015/2016 Premier league season said to begin on the 20th February, 2016

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