Having finished the first round at the drop zone, the Rainbow club will aim to kick off the second round of the league on a high as they host King Faisal at their citadel in Accra
HEARTS OF OAK
E.Osei, O. Bempah, R. Gnagne, N. Sule
Mugre, Moro, Esme, Sadat
Adade, Abdullah, Suraj,Prempeh
Nortey, Mensah, Kwakye, Sulley
Accra Hearts of Oak welcome Kumasi King Faisal to the Accra Sports Stadium this Sunday in the Match Day -16 of the Glo Premier League.
A decade ago, this game was a battle between the second-placed Hearts, and third-placed Faisal; four seasons ago, it was a fight between third and four. But, in 2013, this is a relegation scrap between 14th placed Hearts and 10th placed King Faisal with three points separating the two teams.
David Duncan and Hearts are happy to see the end of 2012, and would be hoping that this year and the second round bring improvement in results and performance having gone seven games without a league win. New recruit James Bissue has whetted the appetite of the Phobia faithful with his five set-piece goals - four from free kicks - during the break, and he is in line to ease the goal-scoring burden off Mahatma Otoo. Owusu Bempah and Emmanuel Osei would be providing cover for the left-back and right-back positions respectively.
King Faisal, on the other hand, have done the trial-and-error with their managerial appointments. Two coaches in half a season, but at least they have been rewarded, in contrast to Hearts, with a place above the relegation zone.
Twice in the last two games before the league hiatus, King Faisal came from a goal down to draw with city-rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko, and Hearts of Oak. Exciting youngster Prince Boateng will be a key to King Faisal's fortunes having led the revival against the two giants.
A victory for Hearts will take them level with King Faisal on 18 points, whilst a home defeat could see them maintain 14th position.
Hearts and King Faisal won their FA CUP encounters last weekend 3-0 against Tamale Utrecht and 4-0 against Dynamos FC respectively.
Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi King Faisal have met 29 times in the Ghana League since the latter’s promotion in the 1995-96 season.
Hearts have won 14 times, lost five and10 games have ended in draws.
Hearts have scored 36 goals and conceded 27 in the 29 league encounters with King Faisal.
Hearts have won eight, drawn five and lost one in 14 home games against Alhaji Grunsah’s side – a 2-0 defeat at home in the 2009-10 season.
Hearts completed the double over King Faisal in their first season in 1995 winning 0-1 in Kumasi, and 2-1 in Accra.
Hearts did the double over the Kumasi-based side the year they were relegated beating them 1-0 in Accra and 1-2 in Kumasi.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Hearts have conceded first in 10 of their 15 games in the First Round of the GPL.
- Mahatma Otoo is Hearts’ leading targets man with seven goals – scored five goals at the Accra Sports Stadium.
- Prince Boateng has scored three goals for King Faisal all from the bench - versus Liberty Professionals, Kotoko and Hearts.
- King Faisal are undefeated in the Greater Accra Region this season – drew at Liberty Professionals, and won at Tema against Amidaus Professionals.
- The first goal scored in this fixture in the league was from the spot-kick by Godwin “Penalty-expert” Ablordey.
- Douglas Nkrumah and Otoo were responsible for King Faisal going down in the 2011-12 season when they scored on either side of the half to compound the misery of the ‘Insha Allah Boys’.
- Eric Gawu, who moved from King Faisal to Hearts, was one-time the most expensive player in the history of Accra Hearts of Oak – He was bought for 600 million old Ghana cedis ($30,000 USD)