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Oly coach Hoffman promises fireworks …against Legon Cities in Val’s Day clash

Acting Head Coach of Accra Great Olympics, Seth Hoffman says Legon Cities FC will be in ‘hell’ today when they clash at the Accra Sports Stadium in their Ghana Premier League match day 10 encounter.

The two stuttering sides’ engagement in verbal warfare on social media has created an emerging healthy rivalry and surprisingly dwarfed gigantic games between Hearts and Bechem as well as Kotoko against Ashgold.

The rebranded Wa All Stars side has undergone a number of changes including management, playing personnel, location and logistics but has struggled to make an instant hit on the local football scene.

After drawing with Liberty Professionals in their opening fixture, the Legon Royals attempted to make a gigantic statement when they faced Kotoko in the second week at the Accra Sports Stadium.

They succeeded in generating a vibrant atmosphere charged by an entertainment package that saw Dancehall king Shatta Wale making an appearance at half time but failed woefully in achieving their target.

They lost 1-3 to Kotoko after taking the lead.

The journey since then has not been smooth-sailing, recording mixed results in their subsequent games.

But their social media tantrums, coupled with the celebration of Valentine’s Day have contributed to make the clash a palatable one for football fans, especially those in the capital.

Playing on a Friday at a favourable 7pm time and freegate for ladies surely look like the sparkling moment the Royals have waited for to prove one of the claims on social media that Olympics lacks the greatness associated with their team.

With sassy and feisty songstress, Wendy Shay, expected to make an appearance, the home team will succeed in creating another electrifying atmosphere for the Wonder Club who faces the test to prove their mettle.

Legon Cities Head Coach, Goran ‘Kuk’ Barjaktarevi, however admitted the game will be between teams of equal strength but was confident of beating Olympics for the bragging rights.

But Hoffman is unmoved by the Royals’ skirmishes and has advised them to concentrate on the game on the field because Olympics will make the Valentine’s Day celebration a bad one.

He said Oly will approach the game like wounded lions after losing surprisingly to Eleven Wonders on Sunday, insisting that only a win can restore the club’s battered pride.

In a chat with this paper, Coach Hoffman said his side was fully concentrating on the game and was confident of returning to winning ways.

“We are following all the things they are doing but at this stage we have decided to remain silent and teach them football lessons today on the field. We will send them to hell and back.”

He said the team has worked on some loopholes adding that, “we are coming as a much improved side to take the three points at stake. I know we are capable of doing that.”

He urged the fans to throng the stadium in their numbers to support their respective team but was confident Oly will emerge triumphant on the evening.

BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY

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