The Porcupine Warriors, who will be playing host to the Phobians at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, sit on the ninth spot with 14 points, five short of leaders Ashanti Gold.
It is not an enviable position for the country’s most successful club at this stage of the competition. Their fans, although excited with the upcoming Super Clash, are sceptical about the remainder of the campaign.
New coach Paa Kwasi Fabin, who boasts of just one win at home so far, is yet to convince many in Kumasi as to whether he is the right person to steer the team onto a new path following the uncertainties that crowded the reign of his successor Steve Polack.
Fabin needs to act, and very fast, and perhaps against Hearts of Oak. However, his situation could worsen on Sunday evening if the visitors happen to pull off a shock in front of 40,000 home fans.
The former Ghana U-17 coach has been calling for patience to settle down at Kotoko, but management and local supporters appear to have sacrificed enough time and are pressing for results.
Any outcome short of a win would not be tolerable for the fans, considering the current ‘weak’ form of Hearts, who sit 11th on the log with 11 points.
The Phobians’ current form might not be a determining factor in the 107th Super Clash, which appears to be a different game altogether, with bragging right, attached to it, mostly.
Hearts will play their heart out to stand tall in Kumasi – an outcome that would calm the nerves of their fans, who are facing a situation more difficult than those of Kotoko.
The coach of the Accra-based side Henry Wellington is on sick leave and will likely not be leading the team in the Super Clash. There have been calls for him not to return to the post.
His assistant Edward Nii Odoom has not been impressive in the meantime. Both men have been urged to live up to the club’s expectations if they must keep their jobs.
However, the Super Clash may not expose the weaknesses both teams need to put right in order to achieve a worthwhile campaign this season. Sunday’s game is more of a historic challenge, which determination and fighting spirit could settle.
The post Super Clash matchdays would tell which of both sides could make a great run in the ongoing Ghana Premier League season.