Hearts of Oak will host the West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) at the Accra Sports Stadium today in their ninth week top fixture of the ongoing Normalization Committee’s special competition.
Hearts suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to WAFA in 2017 and in an attempt to seek revenge, lost 3-2 to the same side last week in the special competition.
Obviously, WAFA have successfully turned the Sogakope pitch into a waterloo for the Phobians but the tide could change with the match coming on at the Accra Sports Stadium.
For Hearts which has recorded back-to-back victories over Tema side, Inter Allies to boost their standing on the southern sector league table, tomorrow’s encounter provides a platform to put the young WAFA side to their rightful place.
The two wins over Inter Allies have no doubt boosted the confidence of the Phobians and would present a totally different opposition for the WAFA youngsters who are playing very well but are yet to really establish themselves as warriors on the road like they have managed at home.
Apart from the pride at stake, Hearts will go into the match with their eyes firmly on climbing to either the second spot or the top in case of a slip from the zone leaders, Karela FC.
That is the reason why Coach Kim Grant and his charges will fire from all cylinders against WAFA, a side that has constantly proven their ability to stand against such difficult tests.
Aware of the hunger and thirst of the Phobians, WAFA would surely by resolute and composed at the back as Hearts throw their men forward and look for openings to counter.
Dreams FC would host Liberty Professionals at the Dawu Park in another southern sector clash expected to be full of thrills.
It will be a huge challenge the Dansoman lads must find a way to overcome if their dreams to pluck one of the qualifying spots for the next stage of the competition were to come to pass.
Liberty started the competition on an impressive note but has failed to respond well after losing their home invincibility against Hearts.
Coach Reginald Boateng must psyche his players up for this particular challenge since another defeat will plunge them further the abyss.
At the Cape Coast Stadium, Ebusua Dwarfs will battle it out with Inter Allies while Karela SC squares it off with Elmina Sharks at the Anyinasi Park.
The biggest attraction in the Northern sector will be the clash between Aduana Stars and Bechem United at the Dormaa Park.
With the leaders, Asante Kotoko out of action for the round of matches, there will be a scramble by the competing clubs to narrow the gap between them and the leader and that is why no stone will be left unturned as they vie for the points.
Aduana, no doubt, represents one of the formidable sides in the current generation, selling out impressive performances against those tagged as the forces.
They have also featured in Africa on a few occasions, taking them a notch higher than some of their peers and on that scale, is considered a stronger opposition to Bechem United.
That is not to suggest Bechem will be pushovers for the Dormaa side.
Despite their inconsistencies, Bechem is capable of churning out shocking results and knowing Aduana’s strength at home, Bechem could be out to cause a stir.
AshantiGold will also be involved in a cagey tie with Berekum Chelsea at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.
Eleven Wonders will come face to face with Medeama SC at Techiman.
BY MICHAEL D.ABAYATEYE