The wait for the new season is over. Hearts are aiming to end their longest wait for the league title and David Duncan is also hoping to win his first major trophyNew Edubiase United host Accra Hearts of Oak in the first game of the 2013-14 Ghana Premier League season at the Bekwai Gyamfi Park.
The Bekwai-side have had a quiet but effective pre-season and have done some great piece of business along the way. Striker Basit Adam was sold to South African side Free State Stars whilst captain and dependable defender Abeiku Ainooson joined Asante Kotoko. And in their place, New Edubiase have acquired the services of one-time Ghana league topscorer and former Hearts of Oak star Benard Dong Bortey, and striker Bismark Idan from Berekum Chelsea.
Asiedu Attobrah, the much-sought-after wide man has stayed put for now, and he will be aiding Edubiase to better their ninth-placed finish last season.
The Phobians are coming into the season as genuine challengers for the title having gone on a super run in the second half of last term. But without the services of last season’s saviour and league topscorer, Mahatma Otoo, who has joined the Norwegian league.
Selasie Adjei, brought in from Amidaus Professionals, has huge boots to fill and he will be hoping to replicate the goal-scoring heroics of Otoo. Sampson Cudjoe, Emmanuel Hayford, Kweku Andoh and young striker Kenneth Okoro have also been roped in by the Phobians for the new season.
Edubiase United lost only two games at home last season with Hearts, inflicting their second home defeat in the penultimate game of the 2012-13 season.
However, they have to improve on their away form where they lost 10 times, drew four and won one, if they want to make the Top-Four.
Hearts of Oak, on the other hand, won only three games away from home, and they will be seeking to better that form if they are to challenge for the league title.
Hearts Coach David Duncan has never won the league in Ghana – coming second twice with Ashantigold – but, with the Phobian platform, he can bolster his CV by leading them to their first league win in five years.
Bernard Dong Bortey was the first to score in this fixture for Accra Hearts of Oak. Will he get his first ever goal against the Accra giants for his new Club, Edubiase? Or will Adjei score on his league debut for the Phobians?
The two sides have met eight times since New Edubiase United’s promotion to the Premier League in the 2009-10 season.
New Edubiase have won twice, drawn once, and lost five in the league versus Hearts of Oak.
18 goals have been scored in eight encounters between Edubiase (6) and Hearts (12)
Hearts have won twice on their four visits to Bekwai Gyamfi Park.
The highest scoring game between the two sides was the 5-2 Hearts win in Accra last season.
Dong Bortey scored the only goal of the game for Hearts in the 2009-10 season win over Edubiase.