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COMBINED XI - HEARTS AND KOTOKO

On Sunday, 26th August, football fanatics will be served with with some crazy football moments whilst the supporters cheer on regardless as two foes, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko renew their rivalry. This game goes beyond the 'rainbow' and 'red' jerseys that light up the horizon. Hopefully, ex-President of Ghana, John Kuffuor will be honored.


The game only fit for the gods will be a test for Hearts' Interim Head Coach, Seth Hoffman as he plays his first game against the Kumasi based club. A win and he is assurred of endearing himself to the Accra based club's fans. 

Coach Fabin meanwhile had assembled a squad on the ascendancy and the newly appointed management team will expect nothing less than a win from the him. Hoffman served as an assistant to Fabin during his stay at Heart of Lions.

The game scheduled to be played over two legs (26/08 and 02/09), will see the winner take home a trophy and 10,000 cedis. Both legs will be played at the Babayara Stadium in Kumasi with the first being Hearts' home.

Hearts recently defeated Liberty Professionals by two goals with Kotoko earning an away draw in Tanzania. 

The clubs will have the chance to field some guest players. Kotoko has changed a lot in terms of 'manpower' as the club has seen a massive clear out. Hearts will be without phenomenal Winful Cobbinah as Kotoko welcomes back Kwame Boahene from injury. 

Which players of the two giants get to start in a combined eleven?  

Felix Annan - GK  (Kotoko) 
The goaltender has come of age and his performances have led many to call for his inclusion to the senior national team. His reflex saves and ability to play as a libero makes him a modern day goalkeeper and a straight choice over the experienced Ernest Sowah. 

Augustine Sefah - RB  (Kotoko) 
He hasn't really cemented a place in the Kotoko defensive set up but whenever he wears the red jersey against Hearts he performs. Surprisingly, he seems to have the antedote for all of Patrick Razak's trickery and pace. He just can't exploit him. Don't expect a goal from Sefah. 

Robert Addo - LCB (Hearts)
A surprise name? The defender has always held his own against the porcupines either as a left center back or left back. Not the name that rolls of the tongue of many Phobians but he is built for the big match. 

Wahab Adams - RCB  (Kotoko) 
The 'old fashioned' defender has taken many strikers to the cleaners. Blessed with strength and stamina, it compensates his somewhat slow heels. Expectedly, he will provide that shield for the Kumasi club's backline. 

William Dankyi - LB (Hearts)
Blessed with a sweet left foot, the newbie from Liberty will most definitely showcase his great attacking play to the vociferous crowd. 

Malik Akowuah - DM (Hearts)
The robust midfielder gets the nod for his ability to destroy opponent's attacks and quickly initiate one with his delightful passing. He has some power in his boots too. 

Prince Acquah - CM  (Kotoko) 
Not so strong, not so fast but talk of awareness and 'Fabris' makes the cut. Don't expect too much tackling but his runs from deep midfield areas coupled with his eye for a pass makes him stand tall. 

Emmanuel Gyamfi - RM  (Kotoko) 
"He doesn't run off the ball, he runs with the ball at his feet" sums up his play. The speedy winger is always a threat going forward and has the ability to help with defensive duties as well. 

Patrick Razak - LW (Hearts)
As a subject of transfer speculations, the pacy winger who decided the last meeting will seek to increase his goodwill amongst the Phobian family. He has a good composure in front of goal too. 

Joseph Esso - AM (Hearts)
The former Dwarfs kingpin has been in scintillating form for his new employers. Strong on the ball, he also has the dexterity of feet. Great ball juggler who quickly finds his goalscoring boots on. 

Songne Yacouba - ST  (Kotoko) 
The energetic Burkinabe forward gets to lead the attack. He is the kind of player any fan will love to see play. Quick on the ground yet he leaps highest in space too. Expect him to have a tough time with the referees since they are the only ones who halt him. 


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