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Cobbinah optimistic of silencing Kotoko in Kumasi

16:15 GMT+3 19/12/2017
Winful Kwaku Cobbinah, Hearts of Oak
The midfielder believes the Phobians will take their revenge on the Porcupine Warriors during the Ghana @60 celebration on Sunday

Hearts of Oak midfielder Winful Cobbinah says they will be able to defeat Asante Kotoko in the return leg of the Ghana @60 celebration at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The Phobians recorded a 3-1 victory in the first leg in March thanks to howlers from goalkeeper Felix Annan but Kotoko inflicted a painful defeat on Hearts in the FA Cup final in October to further extend the Accra giants’ run without a major trophy to eight seasons.

However, Cobbinah believes they'll be battle ready to for revenge despite starting their pre-season only last week.

"As for Hearts-Kotoko matches one cannot predict them but I am confident that we will record another win like we did in the first leg," Cobbinah told Graphic Sports.

"We have a new set of players and they are doing very well so we will have a strong squad to face them.

"Once coach Nuttall has started the pre-season training with us, he will be able to asses and know the strength of each player and that will help him build a solid team with these new players. Therefore, the absence of the old ones will not affect our performance in any way and we'll have our revenge," he added.

Goal understands that both clubs have the opportunity to field guest or new players that are yet to be registered.