Tema Youth’s dream of surviving relegation has been made herculean as four of their key players are on national duty with the Black Satellites with Hearts hoping to finish fourthFourth-place chasing Accra Hearts of Oak host relegation-threatened Tema Youth at the Accra Sports in the Matchday 30 of the 2012-13 Ghana Premier League.
The two sides have charted similar waters since the season began. They both had a great start only to choke midway through the first half of the season. A short stay at the relegation zone was the ebb of Hearts' and Tema Youth's season.
The Phobians meanwhile were able to extricate from the mires of the drop, but unfortunately, Tema Youth have sunk deeper.
Tema Youth’s dream of surviving relegation has been made herculean as four of their key players are on national duty with the Black Satellites at the Fifa U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Tema Youth's second consecutive season in the top flight is hanging by the thread after they spent two seasons in the second tier when they were demoted in 2008/9 season.
Fourteenth-placed Tema Youth do not have their destinies in their grip. Whatever positive result they achieve at Hearts will be a mere consolation if Heart of Lions avoid a defeat against Berekum Chelsea at home.
Hearts of Oak and David Duncan have no such worries. Survival is already guaranteed for the giants of Ghana football who one-time in the season sojourned in the relegation zone.
The Phobians, by their lofty standards, will not cherish a fifth placed finish, but with the roller coaster they have had in the season, a top-four finish, if results go their way, will be the best reward for the tenacity and patience of their teeming fans.
To make matters worse for Tema Youth, Mahatma Otoo, the league's leading scorer, returns to the Hearts fold after missing two games due to Black Stars duties. The Hearts captain is yet to score against the Porters though he gave an assist in the 1-all draw at Tema in the first round.
Hearts have had a very good final day in the last few seasons at home. Last year, they whipped Berekum Arsenals 4-0 on the last day, but the omen for Tema Youth is that, the gunners did survive after that mauling.
The two sides have met 10 times since Tema Youth joined the top flight in the 2006/7 season.
Tema Youth have won three times and scored 10 goals against Hearts and lost two and conceded 9. The remaining five games have ended in draws.
Hearts have won only once at home in four games against Tema Youth
Tema Youth (0-1) won on their first trip to the home of Hearts in the 2006/7 season
The last time Hearts (2-1) won at home to Tema Youth, the porters were relegated in the 2008/9 season.
Hearts have won 6 out of their last 7 final day fixtures in the league.
Tema Youth have not lost in their last three games with Hearts.