The gods of Ga Mashie will be actively working over the weekend to elevate the discussions on which of their sons will play better Football when the Ghana Premier league comes alive at the Accra sports Stadium, with the Rainbow colours waving aross the Accra Enclave against the Wonder club of Ghana.
The Great Olympics success story could be told with the arrival of Annor Walker who brought some stability to the playing body, his absence on the touchlines could be a determining factor to the side, as they continue to study the compact play of Yaw Preko.
The unsatisfying Kosta Papic at the other side of the Ga Mashie story will be figuring out how to approach this epic clash, having enjoyed an Eight game unbeaten run, Kosta Papic maintains he is still not satisfied with the performance of his side.
With a change in system since his arrival, the Hearts squad have had to live with a new more complex 4-1-3-1-1 approach to games, forcing all to work extra to cover the remaining grass.
With William Dankyi, Frederick Ansah Botchway, and Benjamin Afutu Kotey all playing in different roles, Hearts of Oak looks more fluid in midfield, and combine power, Skill, and artistry movement to Opposition goal area.
For the Dade Boys, two members of their squad Razak Kasim, and Michell Otuo will play key roles in ensuring they keep a tight backline, as they play right infront of hmthe back four.
Yaw Preko enjoys much more deep possessive Football than the progressive Annor Walker style.
The last two Great Olympics games have seen a more quick transitional play from a 4-2-3-1 attack to a 3-3-3 defending approach.
Yaw Preko however in the game against Karela played an additional midfielder, to look like 4-3-3 with Charles Danso Otou in addition to Razak Kasim, and Michell Otuo.
While Gladson Awako, Samuel Ashie Quaye, and Maxwell Abbey Quaye played in attack, this system is also quickly transitioned to a 4-2-4 when the team goes into high attack with Michell Otou joining the top 3.
Unfortunately, this approach failed to produce any goal in 90 minutes, while clipping the opponent deep into defence.
With the same approach against Hearts of Oak, Yaw Preko must play Awako in a high line attack together with Maxwell Abbey Quaye, and expect Michell Otuo to run the midfield with his sleek passes, while Samuel Ashie Quaye operates on the lines.
Yaw Preko can only do this having the ‘Diamond’ 4-4-2 system of Kosta Papic in mind, Dankyi will obviously play in deep holding role, as the base of the Diamond to free Ansah Botchway, Manaf Umar, and Afutu Kotei, with Afriyie Banie at the top of the ‘Diamond’.
Both teams have a considerable disciplined back line, who have all conceded 8 goals each going to the derby, with 4 goals, Victor Aidoo is the only known clinical striker amongs the two teams, whiles Maxwell Abbey Quaye, Michael Yeboah, Manaf Umar, and Gladson Awako have all scored some considerable number of goals as midfielders.
With the tight nature of the game, both coaches will play it out in midfield, hold down their opposing wingers, and check up the attackers to prevent being caught off guard.
It must be emphasized that both sides have one of the best wingbacks in the domestic league, Olympic keeps Eric Osei Bonsu, and Philip Sackey on the flanks when in attack, and keeps them deep in defence when defending, while Accra Hearts of Oak comes alive with Raddy Ovouka and Captain Fatawu Mohammed.
Since Papic Arrived, he has abandon the straight wing play, but rather allowing the sides of his ‘diamond’ to play along the wing, this means Samuel Ashie Quaye and Michael Yeboah will have a field day on the wings woth support from the full backs.
If Hearts of Oak maintain their 4-4-2 ‘diamond’ system, Olympics will exploit their flanks, and attack them, however, they can clip them with the introduction of Michell Sarpong and Patrick Razak to complement the wing deficit.
In all, its is an established gact that the Raibow will not appear on a humid Saturday night in Accra, and the gods will be gone to rest, leaving the 22 players plus their coaches to size themselves up.