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Football | Ghana

Kotoko to miss Ochaya in key games



Ghana's Premier League champions Asante Kotoko will lose the services of Ugandan import Joseph Ochaya for four games as he flies to help his country win this year's Cecafa-Tusker Challenge Cup.

Earlier this week, the club agreed to a request by the Ugandan Football Association to the left back Joseph Ochaya feature for the Cranes in the coming event.

This will be a big boost for Uganda, but a loss to the reds, who have a key series of games in the time the player will be away. The tournament will start from November 24 and finish on December 8.

In that time, Kotoko have a game at home with Tema Youth, then travel to Bekwai to play Edubiase, head south to play the recently-impressive Dwarfs, before having Wa All Stars at home.

All this is subject to Uganda's progress in the competition, which is likely, considering that they are in Group A with Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. The Cranes could play one of Rwanda, Zanzibar, Eritrea or Malawi who are in Group C.

Ochaya has grown into Kotoko's game plan and has become key, having set the record for being the only East Africa ever to play in Ghana's biggest derby last Sunday. Ochaya played 90 minutes for the Porcupines Warriors in their home game with rivals Hearts of Oak.

The player flew out of Ghana on Tuesday to join the Cranes in their preparation for much-talked about tournament. Eleven East African nations will play in the 2012 edition and the former KCC defender, who joined Asante Kotoko recently, will be there.

Ochaya was signed by the giants of Ghana in September immediately after the country's under 20 team eliminated their Ugandan counterparts from the Africa Youth Championship qualifiers.

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