A complete football team is a team with squad depth across the various positions as seen in most title winning teams.
The current crop of players in the camp of Hearts of Oak generate hope among the teaming fans of the capital based side. From Richmond Ayi to Bernard Arthur, Fatawu Mohammed to Dominic Eshun, or Benjamin Afutu Kotey to Joseph Esso, talent has never being an issue in the current crop of players on board.
The question here is, is there enough back up in case of injury setbacks? Are the back up players at same wavelength with the regulars or starters? Well an attacking machinery of Esso, Manaf, Michel, Arthur and others will certainly raise competition when the league resumes in the next 2 months.
Already blessed with midfielders like Aminu Alhassan, Benjamin Afutu Kotei, Williams Denkyi and Dominic Eshun, Kim Grant certainly has enough at the center of the pitch. With Umar Bashir and Emmanuel Mintah heavily linked with a sensational switch to Accra Hearts of Oak SC, Grant has one choice to make – pick from the two players on board.
Emmanuel Mintah comes in with rich experience on the local parlance as a defensive midfielder. The Sunyani born enforcer rose through the ranks of Sun City Football Academy before settling with Bechem United FC. An impressive spell with B A Stars during the 2010 campaign saw Mintah heading to Techiman for pastures anew with Techiman City in the second tier football.
Three goals in 16 matches was enough for Mintah to convince Dunkwa United of his abilities as a ball winner. 40 League games and 8 assists earned the enforcer a trip to the dreaded CAM Park in Anyinase. It was a kind of marriage made in heaven. The two parties settled in quickly and Mintah became a poster boy in Western region and Ghana at large. In the books of the Pride and Passion Boys, Mintah racked in over 50 appearances in what was one of the most competitive midfields in the country.
Coming up against a refined ball winner and ball user in Umar Bashir, technique, physique and skills will be needed to separate the two players for one slot. Umar Bashiru left his mark at the Sogakope Red Bulls Arena during a hugely successful spell with WAFA.
Tipped as the best midfielder during his peak period, Umar Bashir failed to glitter in Kumasi when snatched by Asante Kotoko SC. His lack of playing time and poor positional role might be Influential in his surprise failure in Asante Kotoko SC.
The question is here, given the chance to pick between Bashir and Mintah for complimentary role in the camp of Accra Hearts of Oak SC, which one of them will you go for? Kim Grant is the final decision maker with all eyes waiting keenly on who replaces Malik Akwasi Akowuah in the wage bill of Accra Hearts of Oak SC.