Ahmed Adams will be in action on Sunday.

Preview: Time for another revenge

Posted on: Sat Aug 05, 2017 - Report by Bernard Nyankomago Yeboah

When skipper Amos Frimpong and his teammates take to the field at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday, to take on Hearts of Oak in their outstanding match day 23 fixture, their mission will be to grab another win over their arch rivals.

Hearts beat Kotoko twice in Accra on March 19 and May 1 in the league and in the ceremonial 60th Independence Anniversary game. In the first match, center back, Ahmed Adams used his back to block a shot in the box but controversial Referee Samuel Sukah bizarrely awarded a penalty, which Vincent Atinga converted to give Hearts an undeserved 1-0 win.

In the second game, Hearts won 3-1 but the Porcupines on July 2, in Kumasi, responded well as they whipped Hearts 4-1 on penalties to win the 2017 President Cup. This Sunday, the two teams meet again for the return leg of the 2016/17 Premier League fixture.

The players and fans are eager for revenge number two. “I’ve said and will always say that, Hearts benefited from a wrong penalty in Accra. The ball never hit my hand. I pray God will give me the strength to help us get revenge” said Ahmed Adams when  contacted him for his thoughts on this weekend’s game.

The atmosphere will be electrifying. Hearts are third on the league table with 39 points. Kotoko are 5th with 35 points. The Porcupines must win to close the gap. Kotoko’s second round impressive run, winning four; drawing two and losing one in seven matches is worthy of note.

The team’s only loss in the second round has been away to Inter Allies on July 12. It was on their way back to Kumasi that, they got involved in the ghastly accident. Sunday marks the return of the Porcupines to competitive action.

“Yes, we must return on a winning note. Our fans have been there for us in our difficult times. We’ve to pay them back with victory” said Awal Mohammed in a pre-match interview. The Porcupines have been strong at home under Polack but there shouldn’t be any room for complacency as the Super Clash always demands more effort to win.

Hearts luckily won 1-0 in Kumasi last season. Kotoko ought to cancel out that win on Sunday. Goalies trainer, Sampson Appiah, believes they are capable of doing that especially after their 4-1 win over Nacoster FC in Wednesday’s friendly match which superbly tested their readiness. “The only thing left is luck. We will be out to win and victory serve as great inspiration” he said. 

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