By: Anwar Umar Larry.
TEAM NEWS: Soualama Abdoulaye and Foovi Aguidi have returned to the side after going on international duty with Burkina Faso and Togo respectively.
Selasi Adjei picked a knock at training and so he joins Thomas Abbey, Richard Yamoah, and Samudeen Ibrahim on the touchline.
Musah Inusah and Paul Acquah have joined full training but the duo are fighting for match fitness.
Sarbah Laryea begins a one-game suspension after accumulating three yellow ccards.
MATCH PREVIEW: Accra Hearts of Oak will play as guests of Techiman City in the match-day 7 of the 2016 Ghana Premier League on Sunday, 10th April, 2016.
The Phobians lost for the first time in the season, falling to a 1-3 defeat at home to Wa AllStars, but they will be hoping to bounce back against a Techiman side that are yet to lose at home.
Hearts switched places with Wa AllStars on the league log in the last match-day, with the Rainbow club dropping to second-place, a point behind the Wa side, heading into the match-day 7.
Techiman City also earned their first away point of the season, twice taking the lead against Edubiase United at the Len Clay, before failing to hold on in the last few minutes of the game.
Despite dropping two points from winning position, the draw goes down as the club’s first ever away point in the league after three away matches.
The “Citizens” have accounted for two big scalps already in the fledgling season, beating regional rivals and seasoned Premier League campaigners, Berekum Chelsea and Aduana Stars by a lone goal each at home. Dreams FC were also beaten by the same score-line at the home of Techiman City.
Also, City have won 50% of their games so far, and all have come at home, but they ended their back-to-back away defeats, by snatching a point at the home of Edubiase. They will be buoyed by that point and will be aiming to add Hearts to their list of casualties at home.
However, Kenichi Yatsuhashi’s side have also been compact on the road. The Phobians have won two out of their three away games of the season, and they will be hoping to make it three out of four come Sunday.
Hearts beat Medeama 0-2 at the TNA in the team’s first away trip of the season, but although they were held to a draw by J.E Sarpong’s then bottom of the table side Ebusua Dwarfs, Kenichi’s side produced a moment of magic to comeback from two goals down to beat Inter Allies in Tema.
The Phobians were shot down by Wa AllStars, in a game they were mostly second best, but Kenichi believes his have their confidence levels intact and have fixed the problems that cost them the points last Sunday.
“No, our confidence is not down at all because we lost one game. Let’s say if we play our best game and then we lost; then I think we will lose confidence. But it is not like we played our best game against AllStars and lost. We had problems but it was not physical problems or mental problems. We had other problems to fix and we fixed it and we are 100% and we are confident.”
Hearts have been boosted by the return of Soulama Abdoulaye and Foovi Aguidi and they will provide the technical team with more options going into Sunday’s game.
Meanwhile, Musah Inusah and Paul Acquah have both joined full training, but whereas the latter is closer to a first team return, Inusah has a few more sessions to catch-up on.
The Phobians have never met Techiman City in the Premier League, but the last time Hearts faced a debuting side from Brong Ahafo Region, they beat them (Bechem United) by a lone goal courtesy a Thomas Abbey strike.
Something has got to give on Sunday; Hearts have not lost on the road whereas Techiman City are unbeaten at home. Trust Kenichi’s side to bring the points back to the capital.
MATCH FACTS: From the last 10 games Hearts have played away to Brong Ahafo sides in the league, the Phobians have won two, drawn three, and lost five times. Within the period, Hearts have scored seven goals and conceded 12 away to sides from the Brong Ahafo Region.
LAST 10 TRIPS AWAY TO BRONG AHAFO SIDES:
Aduana Stars 1 – 0 Hearts
BA United 1 – 1 Hearts (Gilbert Fiamenyo)
Bechem 1 – 0 Hearts
**Chelsea 4 – 2 Hearts (Gilbert Fiamenyo)
Chelsea 1 – 0 Hearts
Aduana 0 – 1 Hearts (Eric Kumi)
Bechem 0 – 1 Hearts (Thomas Abbey)
Aduana 0 – 0 Hearts
Berekum Arsenals 2 – 2 Hearts (Mahatma Otoo (2))
Chelsea 2 – 0
**This game was played at the Essipong Stadium with Berekum Chelsea serving a home ban.
By Anwar Umar Larry.