How Hearts of Oak could line up against AshantiGold

Richard Attah (GK) – After his splendid showing last season, Attah has surely convinced many a Hearts faithful of his quality. He is renowned as of one the best goalkeepers in the country. He gets the nod over Ayi.

Fatawu Mohammed (RB) – An experienced right-back, Mohammed is renowned throughout the league as an intelligent defender. He boasts a wealth of top-flight experience. A calming presence at the back, Mohammed is one of the first names on the team sheet.

Mohammed Alhassan (CB) – James Sewornu may feel a little unlucky here, but the former Auroras defender may have to watch the more experienced Alhassan start in his place. Odoom may feel the former WAFA skipper is more dependable – given his Premier League experience – despite a raft of criticism coming the 28-year-old’s way in the past.

Nuru Sulley (CB) – One of several Hearts players who are capable of looking world class in a wealth of positions, Sulley will partner Alhassan in this one. He faces an incredibly tough 90 minutes against an Ashgold’s attack; his side needs him to be at the top of his game.

Raddy Ovouka (LB) – A terrier in defence. Ovouka won’t be losing sleep over being a casualty of the new era. He offers so much to Hearts’ overall game: crosses from wide and general defensive ability. A shoo-in at left-back.

Benjamin Afutu (CM) – With the wingers unlikely to add much to the defensive side of Hearts’ defensive play, the responsibility may lie at the feet of Benjamin Afutu to do the running of three or four men.

Luckily, for Odoom, Afutu can do just that. Since rediscovering his form, he has produced consistently solid performances on the regular and Saturday will be no exception.

Emmanuel Nettey (CM) – An attacking midfielder by trade, Nettey has shown plenty of ability in a deep-lying playmaker role. Will have a lot of defensive running to do.

Michelle Sarpong (AM) – Through his relentless pressing, selfless attacking and effortless space creation, Sarpong always brings something to this team.

Patrick Razak (RW) – Patrick Razak has been back to his best since moving to Hearts after a forgettable spell with AC Horoya. His role in the squad is vital in keeping Michelle Sarpong and Kojo Obeng Jr free. Get Razak in behind the press and Hearts are onto a winner.

Kojo Obeng Junior (ST) – The likelihood is that the front three of Edward Odoom’s side will do a lot of swapping and switching, but as long as Obeng Junior is able to focus completely on attacking, he could be the game changer. If he fails to produce the goods again, Obeng Junior may struggle for a starting berth in coming game weeks.

Daniel Afriyie (LW) – Afriyie has always impressed more in a wider position, and the young lad would be given the freedom to cut in and cause problems throughout the match.


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