Coach Prosper Ogum Narteh, other technical members, and 20 players arrived in Tamale on Saturday afternoon ahead of MTN FA Cup round of 16 stage tie against Karela United.
The team travelled without some key players, Ntim Manu, Sherrie Mohammed, Kalo Ouattara, Isaac Oppong, Augustine Agyapong, John Tedeku, Captain Danlad Ibrahim, and others will not be available for Monday’s game.
Karela United have been a pale shadow of themselves in the Premier League but continues to impress in the Cup competition following an unbeaten run from the Round of 64 till date.
Asante Kotoko started this year’s competition with a 4-2 win over Nations FC at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi before coming out victorious against Bibiani Gold Stars in the Round of 32.
The Reds pip the Bibiani lads 1-0 at the DUN’s Park to make it to the round of 16 – adding to a decent run in this years knockout stage competition despite having a poor start to the domestic campaign.
Karela United need a win to make the next round as they aim to put to bed what has been an uninspiring campaign in the Ghana Premier League.
The Tamale-based side cruised to a 5-1 win against Division Two side Kasalgu Arrow Heads in January to make it to this stage. New Coach Abubakari Damba, who has taken over from Shaibu Tanko, is aiming for a bright start to life at Karela to save their season.
Karela United are third from the bottom in the Premier League table but sees the MTN FA Cup as an ideal way to turn their season around.
The game will be played at Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium at 15:00GMT on Monday.