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6 Key Players to watch as Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak clash on Sunday Featured

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Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko meet this Sunday in a highly anticipated Super Clash fixture. Without fans the occasion has been dimmed, but we're all still in agreement that there is nothing better than the clash between Ghana's two footballing behemoths.

 
 

With both clubs going head to head with three points  solidifying their position on the log on the line, with fans knowing that the bragging rights is also on the line for them too? It doesn't get much better than that.

 
With an array of stars on display- from old hands to the next group of legends, kickgh.com examines some of the key players to watch out for on Sunday.
 
Fabio Gama (Asante Kotoko)
 Fabio Gama Asante Kotoko
The Kotoko schemer will be desperate to make an impression in his appearance against his side's arch rivals. A chance to see what the buzz is about. The Brazilian has been sending hearts aflutter since joining the Ghanaian club.  A creative, left-footed playmaker, Gama will look to provide the ammunition for Kwame Opoku and co.
 
Manaf Umar (Hearts of Oak)
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Umar is Hearts' standout player this campaign and will again be one of the Phobians’ chief attacking threats on Sunday. The  Bawku born and raised attacking midfielder is the creative spoke in Hearts' attacking wheel, and has four league assists to his name.
 
His creative qualities are crucial in a game where any side could feasibly triumph. If Hearts are to make a stab at victory in their league foray, Manaf Umar is the man to make it happen.
 
Benjamin Afutu (Hearts of Oak)
 Benjamin Afutu Hearts of Oak
The central midfielder is the beating heart of the Hearts team and as such his biting tackles, battling spirit, and aggressive leadership style will be crucial when they face Kotoko on Sunday. The Phobians will go into this game as underdogs taking into account their recent performances vis-a-vis their opponents. Emerging victorious will depend upon a commanding midfield display from Afutu. If he is on form, then the rest of the side will find it easier to stay compact, follow his lead, and rough up the Porcupines.
 
Imoro Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko)
 Imoro Ibrahim Kotoko
Magnificent! Ibrahim is enjoying life at Kotoko, and the former Karela man will now want to kick on from his fine form this campaign and Kotoko fans will hope his fine display against ES Setif wasn't a flash in the pan.
 
He has been terrorising opposing right-backs and is still more than capable of causing any defender problems on his day. Physically, he is also strong, able to motor from box to box in the blink of an eye. All these attributes combined create the archetypal world-class left-back. Phobians be warned!
 
Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko)
 Kwame Opoku Kotoko
Monikered 'Bayie' which translates 'Wizard,' he name he picked for his goal-scoring prowess which was considered reminiscent of club legend, Opoku Afriyie.
 
Few players have enjoyed a better season than Kwame Opoku. Just over two years ago, he was turning out for Nkoranza Warriors - flash forward to the present and he has managed to carve out a reputation as a one of the best goal poachers in the league.
 
He has scored 8 goals in 13 games so far in his debut season. Even with all of Kotoko's firepower, Opoku remains one of- if not, the most important player at the club and their fear of having to replace him speaks volumes of the kind of level he is at.
 
Patrick Razak (Hearts of Oak)
 Patrick Razak Hearts
There have been few bumps in the road for Patrick Razak, but not when it comes to games with Kotoko. It is a fixture the diminutive winger loves to play. He has scored, created penalties, and assisted previously.
 
With the kind of game that sees him drift all around the attacking third, Razak is a defender's nightmare. He is happy feeding off balls over the top but is most at home dropping deep in search of possession, which allows him to maximise his skills. Razak thrives when running at defenders. When he gets going, there's not much any defender can do to contain him.
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