Hearts of Oak snatched the winner in the Super Clash played in front of Kotoko fans on Sunday in Kumasi. The result aside, many lessons were learned, which might shape the remainder of the Ghana Premier League campaign.
HEARTS OF OAK ARE STILL ALIVE
Widely considered the weaker side ahead of the clash, Hearts of Oak proved they are still a team to be reckoned with in Ghana Premier League, despite their lacklustre start to the campaign. Their win in Kumasi is a strong message to other sides in the campaign and could inspire a revival mission which their fans have long been waiting for.
BRAGGING RIGHT GOES TO HEARTS ONCE MORE
Hearts of Oak have now moved to 10th on the table, tied on points with Asante Kotoko. The Phobians have also taken their winning tally over the Porcupine Warriors to 36 in 107 league matches since 1958, with Kumasi-based side holding on to 33 victories, while 38 matches ended in stalemates.
BABA YARA SPORTS STADIUM
The Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi appears to be a favourable venue for visitors Hearts of Oak who have now made it 19 league wins over Kotoko in 50 matches at the facility. The Porcupines boast of 17 wins at home against their archrivals while 14 games involving both sides have ended in draws.
THE PRESSURE SHIFTING BASE?
Hearts of Oak technical team can now heave some sigh of relief ahead of upcoming round of games, as the pressure shifts to Kotoko camp, with coach Fabin’s back to the wall, as he must quickly make amends to appease not only local supporters, who felt humiliated on Sunday, but also management, who are growing impatient.
THE SUPER CLASH FACTOR
Once again, the verdict of the Super Clash proved on Sunday that the actual form and table position of both teams have little to do with their performance in such a meeting, which is largely determined by a superior fighting spirit.