Kickoff is at 3pm.
Porcupines to thrill fans in Super Clash
Posted on: Sat Mar 18, 2017 - Report by Bernard Nyankomago Yeboah
The excitement and tempo of 2016/17 Premier League will soar this Sunday when the two glamorous clubs in the country – Kotoko and Hearts – clash on match day eight at the Accra Sports Stadium. Nothing short of a good game is expected since more at stake to fight for.
Besides three points and pride, Kotoko have remained unbeaten after seven rounds of matches this season. They’ve won five matches and drawn two – scored seven and conceded two goals earning 17 points and second on the table. Hearts have nine points from seven matches after two wins, three draws and two defeats. They are 9th on the table.
Hearts have scored six and conceded seven goals. They would be eyeing an image redemption but that’s a tall order looking at Kotoko’s record in Accra in the last seven years. The Porcupines haven’t lost any league match to Hearts in Accra since 2010.
To start with, Kotoko superbly beat Hearts 2-0 in the second round of the 2010/11 Premier League in Accra before drawing goalless in the 2011/12 season. The 2012/13 encounter ended 1-1 but Kotoko triumphed 1-0 in the 2013/14 season.
Kotoko’s dominance continued with a 2-1 win in the 2014/15 season. Another 1-0 win for Kotoko in the 2015/16 season made it four wins and two draws in their last six visits to Accra against Hearts. Kotoko will not allow their healthy unbeaten record in Accra to be shredded.
What’s more, 11 players who were part of Kotoko’s winning team against Hearts in Accra last season are still present. Ernest Sowah, Amos Frimpong, Edwin Tuffour, Evans Quao, Ahmed Adams, Eric Donkor, Emanuel Asante, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Obed Owusu, Ohene Brenya and Felix Annan; some of these players will surely make it to Accra to continue the dominance.
Aside Kotoko’s enviable record against Hearts in Accra, the Porcupines have travelled away three times this season’s league without conceding defeat. They have won one away game against Ashgold at Obuasi and drawn twice away against Berekum Chelsea and Bolga All Stars.
Hearts have played three matches in Accra winning two – Wa All Stars (2-1) and Olympics (2-1). Their other home game against Medeama ended goalless. As Kotoko plan to defend their good away record, Hearts are hoping to make their fans in Accra proud.
Kotoko’s goalkeepers’ trainer, Sampson Appiah believes his players are in the right frame of mind for the Super Clash. “The players are in good spirits. Their confidence is high. They have exhibited good football in their last matches. I believe they will show similar good efforts on Sunday to beat Hearts” said the ex-Kotoko goalie.
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