Giants Hearts of Oak hosts Great Olympics this afternoon at the Ohene Gyan Stadium in match week 14 of the ongoing Ghana Premier League, the last but one round to draw curtains for the first round.
It is dubbed the “Capital Derby” since both teams reside in Accra, the capital city of the country. The “Ole” boys have already claimed they are the landlords of the capital having gone viral on social media few days ago. The winner today grabs the bragging right as to whom is indeed the masters and the rulers of the city
Hearts of Oak are approaching this game with their heads up due to the huge pressure mounted on them by the fans in recent weeks. The Phobians are still searching for their first league win after three games and have won two of their last six games.
Meanwhile, Great Olympics have being kind of on and off in the league this season as they look very inconsistent so far. The team is currently sitting 15th on the league table with just a place away from the relegation zone knowing very well a defeat this afternoon won’t sound pleasant to them and the fans.
The 20 time champions look to get back to winning ways having drawn their last three league games; against Karela United, Elmina Sharks and just recently against Inter Allies thanks to Mohammed Alhassan’s late equaliser after Emmanuel Armah had already given the “Capelli boys” the lead.
However, Great Olympics in their last three games have lost twice with only a victory. They recorded a resounding 2-0 triumph over Ebusua Dwarfs last Sunday to climb up from the relegation zone.
Hearts of Oak have been one of the least scoring teams in the league having scored 11 goals in 13 games whereas Great Olympics also form part of clubs that have conceded the most in the league this season allowing 15 goals in their net after 13 games.
The last time both clubs engaged each other was last year in the Homowo Cup. The game was played on two occasions with the Phobians clinching the trophy in the end after winning via penalty shootouts.
Good news for coach Edward Nii Odoom as his two key midfielders Emmanuel Nettey and Frederick Ansah Botchway look set for this afternoon’s encounter after missing their last game due to injury and suspension respectively.
On the other hand, the “OLE” lads will be without their deputy skipper Gladson Awako who sustained an arm injury last Sunday against Ebusua Dwarfs. The presence of experience players like Emmanuel Clottey, Ernest Sowah and former Ghana U20 star Ibrahim Sule shows Olympics look poised and ready for action this afternoon.
Referee: Frederick Samena
Assistant 1: Pascal Mawusi
Assistant 2: Kofi Nyarko Barkai
4th Referee: Phillip Arthur Forson
Time: 1500GMT/ 3:00pm
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim