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15 Jan

Three Things To Look Out For As WAFA Welcomes Hearts Of Oak

WAFA host Accra Hearts of Oak on Sunday at the Red Bull Arena in game that is sure to be a sombre occasion for both sets of players and supporters.

The Phobians head into the game on the back of a 2-1 win over Dwarfs last weekend, while WAFA were held to a drawn game by Elmina Sharks.  
 
So while the fixture generator hasn’t been kind to Odoom’s charges, they will see WAFA as a potential opportunity to bounce back and send a strong signal to their competitors. There is an assumption that there will be goals, relentless attacking football on both sides and a disregard for defending.
 
We pick out three things to look out for on what should be a great day of Ghanaian football.
 
Hearts aim to piggy-back from Dwarfssuccess
 
After a series of disastrous results forced the Phobians to let go of their manager Kim Grant and sign on some players, caretaker coach, Edward Nii Odoom will be hoping they can carry forward good feeling from their triumph over Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs last Sunday. The academy boys can only hope for a good day as has been the case in recent seasons to continue their dominance over the Phobians.
 
Hearts to strike the right balance between attack and defence
 
The simple truth is that Hearts do not have high-quality options in defence, and so many attacking options have to be balanced by ensuring that their back-line is adequately protected.
 
That was behind the self- destructive decision to field two primarily defensive midfielders against Chelsea; in the Dwarfs game, a high press provided a solid solution for the opening –half or so, but the intensity dropped, Dwarfs started to play around it and at a defensive unit unable to offer sufficient resistance.
 
WAFA are a counter attacking side and so Hearts will need to play a cautious game. The Academy boys have the necessary pace and quality on the break to cause Hearts problems, as made evident in their previous encounters.
 
Hearts need goals, but they cannot afford to concede too much in pursuit of them. Funding the right equilibrium will be key.
 
Agyepong’s pace, Boakye’s poise
 
Hearts’ back four will have their hands full if they don’t manage to contain this pair.
 
From the flanks, Augustine Boakye is bale to dictate pattern and pace of play for WAFA and Sampson Agyepong will likely be one of the beneficiaries of his passing.
 
The forward has lost none of his lightning quick pace, and as we’ve already seen in this league, he’s got an eye for goal. Boakye will look the play balls in the channel between Mohammed Alhassan and Robert Addo to see if they can beat Sampson Agyepong in a foot race.
 
It’ll be one of the more interesting battles in the game
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