From Samuel Boadu’s first two games as manager Hearts of Oak, it is safe to say the gaffer has got a strong squad to end the club’s trophy drought.
Boadu made unexpected changes in the Hearts of Oak line-up that faced Aduana Stars on Sunday.
The Phobians would go on to win the game 2-0 to match up perfect revenge after losing the reserve fixture by the same margin.
The former Medeama trainer made three changes in the starting eleven when juxtaposed with the team that dispatched WAFA 4-0 to wrap up the first round.
Looking at the magnitude of the Aduana game and some significant absentees for the home side, the scoreline tells a good story about Hearts of Oak’s squad depth.
First choice goalkeeper, Richard Attah missed out through a slight injury while second in the pecking order Richmond Ayi also missed for unknown reasons.
Therefore, experienced Benjamin Mensah was handed his first start of the season and kept a clean sheet.
On the left side of the defence, William Denkyi replaced Raddy Ovouka who arrived late after the international break, which the former had similarly a good as Ovouka would have produced.
Also, there has been rotation between forwards Issac Mensah and Kojo Obeng Jnr; the latter had the nod to start and do what he does best although could have barred some decent chances.
Together with some regular names including, Benjamin Afutu, Manaf Umar, Fredrick Ansah-Botchway, Patrick Razak, Mohammed Alhassan, Nuru Sulley, Fatawu Mohammed, and Victor Aidoo, Hearts of Oak lined up for the match.
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The Accra based side was in control for the whole of the first half and as a result, got the lead.
During the second half, Coach Boadu introduced recruits Ibrahim Salifu, and Caleb Amakwaa alongside Larry Sumaila. The trio had a hand in the slick build-up that led to the second goal in the final minutes of the game.
Looking at the new additions and some players who are out injured and others yet to play under the new boss, it seems Hearts of Oak have two to three players that are either equal or similar in quality for every position on the field.
With their squad and current form (4 Wins 2 D in the last 6 matches), the fans will only hope for consistency and call for fortune to smile on the team as winning the league for the first time in over a decade looks more possible than ever.