TEAM NEWS: Winful Cobbinah and Leonard Tawiah return after serving a one-game suspension for accumulation of three yellow cards.

Inusah Musah is recuperating and on schedule for a return to the side.

 

MATCH PREVIEW: Accra Hearts of Oak will renew its age-old rivalry with Asante Kotoko this weekend when they take a trip to Kumasi to honour the rescheduled match-day 23 2016/17 Ghana Premier League fixture on Sunday, 6th August 2017.

The Phobians had been in fine form in the month of July, winning their last three games beating Berekum Chelsea (2-0), Tema Youth (3-1), and Danbort (1-0) and they will be hoping to continue their good streak with a victory over Kotoko on Sunday.

 Hearts have already beaten the Porcupines twice in their last three encounters this season and judging at the form guide, the Phobians are nailed on to inflict another defeat on the convalescing Kotoko.

Coach Frank Nuttall’s side have no injury worry going into the game and they have been boosted with the return of Winful Cobbinah and Leonard Tawiah from suspension. The duo were missing in the hard fought 1-0 MTN FA Cup win over Danbort last Sunday but their absence afforded coach Nuttall a chance to re-jig his side. Richard Akrofi was pushed into defensive midfield whilst Robert Addo was handed his first ever full start. But it remains to be seen how coach Nuttall will approach the game.

Kotoko were dealt a heavy blow last month after suffering a road accident but they have recovered admirably from the tragedy. The Porcupines put Nacoster to the sword, whipping the Division 2 side 4-1, in midweek as dress rehearsal for the weekend’s big game.

The Porcupines have been on and off at home this season but they will be fired up and will seek to recover by getting one over the Phobians on Sunday.

Hearts will be going all out as well and will be aiming to close the gap atop the league log with Aduana Stars and WAFA dropping points and they are certainly aware that a win will boost our slim chances of claiming the title this season.

Not to look too deep into the future, the players must guard against complacency and not take the battle ahead lightly. The history of the Hearts-Kotoko rivalry has most often favored the under-dog but though Kotoko are clear underdogs for this weekend’s clash, the team must be wary and not be taken by surprise.

The last time Hearts played in Kumasi, they were handed one of the best supporting acts by their teeming fans and though they could not get the win in the President Cup over Kotoko, the gesture is still fresh on the memory of the players and this Sunday is the time to repay the support. 

MATCH FACTS:

The two teams have met 105 times in the Ghana Premier League. Hearts have won 35, drawn 37 and lost 33 times to Kotoko in the league.

From the professional league era, started in 1993/94, the two sides have met 44 times in the league. Hearts have won 16, lost 10, and drawn 18 times against Kotoko. In that period, the Phobians have scored 49 goals, and conceded 40.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: SEASON/RESULT

1993/94

 

Kumasi

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 0

 

Accra

Hearts – 0

Kotoko – 0

 

1994/95

 

Accra

Hearts – 2

Kotoko – 1

 

Kumasi

Kotoko – 3

Hearts – 1

 

1995/96

26/11/95

Kumasi

Kotoko -2

Hearts – 1 [Shamo Quaye]

17/4/96

Accra

Hearts – 3 [Stephen Appiah (2); Anthony Teiku]

Kotoko – 3

 

1996/97

1/12/96

Kumasi

Kotoko – 1

Hearts – 2 [Nii Noi Dowuona, Theophilus Amuzu]

2/3/97

Accra

Hearts – 1 [Robert Saba]

Kotoko – 1

 

1997/98

19/4/98

Accra

Hearts – 1

Kotoko – 1

13/9/98

Kumasi

Kotoko – 2

Hearts – 2 [Edmond Copson, Osmanu Amadu

 

1999

30/5/99

Kumasi

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 1 [Edmund Copson]

3/10/99

Accra

Hearts – 2 [Emmanuel Osei Kuffuor, Ishmael Addo]

Kotoko – 0

 

2000

15/3/00

Accra

Hearts – 4 [Ishmael Addo (2), Kenneth Sarpong, E. O. Kuffuor]

Kotoko – 0

16/7/00

Kumasi

Kotoko – 1

Hearts – 1

 

2001

9/5/01

Accra

Hearts – 2 [Ishmael Addo (2)]

Kotoko – 1

16/9/01

Kumasi

Kotoko – 2

Hearts – 0

 

2002

23/6/02

Kumasi

Kotoko – 1

Hearts – 1 [Dong Bortey]

21/7/02

Accra

Hearts – 3 [Charles Taylor, Dong Bortey, E.O Kuffuor]

Kotoko – 0

 

2003

10/8/03

Kumasi

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 0

31/8/03

Accra

Hearts – 1 [Dong Bortey]

Kotoko – 1 [Yussif Chibsah]

 

2004

3/4/05

Accra

Hearts – 1 [Dong Bortey]

Kotoko – 0

Overall decider between zone A and B winners

2005

15/5/05

Kumasi

Kotoko – 3

Hearts – 1 [Amankwa Mireku]

2/10/05

Accra

Hearts – 1 [Adjah Tetteh]

Kotoko – 1

 

2006/7

24/12/06

Cape Coast

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 1 [Stanley Afedie]

7/1/07

Cape Coast

Hearts – 3 [Eric Gawu, Dong Bortey, Alfred Nii Larbi]

Kotoko – 1

 

2007/8

9/3/08

Ohene Djan

Hearts – 0

Kotoko – 0

25/5/08

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 3

Hearts – 3 [Dong Bortey, Ekow Ghansah, Francis Bossman]

 

2008/9

8/2/09

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 1

Hearts – 2 [Hassan Mohammed, Obed Ansah]

14/6/09

Ohene Djan

Hearts – 0

Kotoko – 1

 

2009/10

13/12/09

Ohene Djan

Hearts – 1 [Samuel Afum]

Kotoko – 0

14/03/10

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 1 [Samuel Afum]

 

2010/11

31/10/11

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 1 [Obed Ansah]

20/3/11

Ohene Djan

Hearts – 0

Kotoko – 2 [Nii Adjei, Ahmed Toure]

2011/12

20/11/11

Ohene Djan

Hearts – 0

Kotoko – 0

15/04/12

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 2

Hearts – 1 [Mahatma Otoo]

 

2012/13

18/11/12

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 0

5/5/13

Accra

Hearts – 1 [Winful Cobbinah]

Kotoko – 1

 

2013/14

22/9/13

Accra

Hearts – 0

Kotoko – 1

1/6/14

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 0

 

8/2/15

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 0

Hearts – 1 [Selasi Adjei]

2/8/15

Accra

Hearts – 1 [Inusah Musah]

Kotoko – 2

 

2015/16

 

Accra

Hearts – 0

Kotoko – 1

 

Baba Yara

Kotoko – 1

Hearts – 1 [Patrick Razak]

2016/17

Accra                              Hearts 1-0 Kotoko

                                       (Vincent Atingah)