NC SPECIAL: Hearts of Oak – Asante Kotoko to show class in Super Clash encounter

Asante Kotoko will travel to the Accra Sports Stadium to face their sworn rivals Hearts of Oak in the semi finals of the Normalization Committee Special Competition Tier One League.

Both sides have been in fine form recently with the Phobians going on a goal scoring rampage and securing top spot in the Zone B, whilst the Porcupine Warriors finished second in Zone A.

Heart of Oak are in chase of a Silverware since 2009 and a win over their bitterest rivals will set the tone for them to break the duck.

Head coach Kim Grant is doing everything possible to bring back the lost glory of the club as the Phobians’ performance in the competition has put a lot of smiles on the faces of their fans and it could be even more if they can overcome their arch rivals on Sunday.

Playing at their traditional home grounds also gives them the edge ahead of their opponents.

The Phobians have dropped only 2 out the 21 points available at home.

The Phobians have been offensively good at home scoring 13 goals at the Accra Sports Stadium and very tight defensively by allowing only two goals into their net.

One of the notable thing about this Hearts of Oak team is their unpredictable nature.

Kim Grant’s team is very difficult to predict because of how he changes his team game after game.

Young stars Manaf Umar, Michelle Sarpong and Anthony Quayson have done well to break through to the first team and have given Kim Grant a lot of selection headache in the competition.

It remains to be seen if Kim Grant will keep faith in Kojo Obeng Junior or will give Kofi Kordzi a start in the game.

Asante Kotoko on the hand had a very shaky campaign before qualifying to the semi finals.

They finished second behind Ashanti Gold with only a point difference.

C K Akonnor must be concerned with the away form of his side. They have won only (1) out of (6) away games which came against Eleven Wonders at Nkoranza.

The absence of Felix Annan will be a massive blow for C K Akonnor as he has to do it without arguably his best player in the competition.

In-form Abdul Fatau Safiu is back and expected to lead the attack along side Songne Yacouba.

Hearts of Oak beat Asante Kotoko by 1-0, the last time the two sides met in a competitive fixture.

Team News

Kim Grant has no injury concerns apart from Mckarthy who has been nursing an injury since the beginning of the season.

Daniel Kodie, Aminu Alhassan and Malik Akowuah are all battling for a place in the team.

For Kotoko, C K Akonnor is hoping Songne Yacouba will pass a late fitness test to play a part in the game.

Daniel Darkwah and Amos Frimpong are fit and available for selection.

Only Maxwell Baakoh and Richard Senanu have been ruled out from the game.

Probable Line up.

Hearts of Oak probable XI: Richmond Ayi – Christopher Bonney, William Dankyi, Mohammed Alhassan, Robert Addo Sowah – Benjamin Afutu Kotey, Daniel Kodie, Aminu Alhassan, Michelle Sarpong, Abdul Manaf Gumar Umar Jnr – Joseph Esso

Kotoko probable XI: Danlad Ibrahim – Amos Frimpong, Daniel Darkwah, Abdul Ganiyu Ismail, Wahab Adams – Kwame Bonsu, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu , Kwame Boahene, Emmanuel Gyamfi – Abdul Safiu Fatawu, Stephen Nyarko.

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