Accra Hearts of Oak will look to preserve their unbeaten away record in this season’s Ghana Premier League (GPL) when they visit the twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi to play Sekondi Hasaacas at the Essipong Sports Stadium.
This Sunday’s clash is one of seven games that will be played this weekend as the GPL enters Match-Day 19 action nationwide.
Hearts remain the only side in the competition yet to lose an away game, and they will feel confident of retaining that record against a Hasaacas side that has let in 28 goals in the 18 matches played.
The Phobians has the second best defensive record in this season’s championship together with WAFA, and, they will count on that record as they go in search of the three points.
New coach Sergio Daniel Traguil is beginning to feel the impact of handling one of Ghana’s most demanding clubs, and, he will need to get his side winning games to win the confidence of the fans.
Since taking over from Kenichi Yatsuhashi, the Portuguese has won one and drawn two of the three games he has been in charge, a return that has not gone down well with most of Hearts’ fans.
The Phobians sit in third position on the league log, just one point behind the leaders Wa All Stars, and could go top of the table if they win Sunday’s game and other results go their way.
In Hasaacas, they will come up against a side that has won all but one of their points at home, and, will be formidable opponents for the Phobians.
They are 12th on the ladder with 21 points, and all six of their wins this season have come at the Essipong Stadium, a venue that has been their stronghold since they rejoined the Ghanaian top-flight at the end of the 2012/13 season.
The Green and Whites will be determined to end the unbeaten away run of the Phobians who beat them 1-0 at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra in the first round of this season’s competition.
Whether that will happen though, will be a point worthy of note, and, this will be decided after 90 minutes in the twin port city of Sekondi-Takoradi on Sunday afternoon.
Referee: Samuel Sukah
Assistant One: Richard Kotey
Assistant Two: Joseph Sey
Fourth official: Justice A. Poku
Match Commissioner: Annie A. Kwame