Ghanaian representative in the ongoing CAF Champions League, Accra Hearts of Oak will tell their story tomorrow as they host Wydad Athletic Casablanca at the Nation’s capital. On top of their preparations will be some five lessons ought to be religiously adhered throughout the game. They parade to the field with their own strategy but the points below are critical for success, having gone through matches involving Ghanaian and Moroccan clubs.
First, it is vital for the Ghana Premier League champions to score goals in the first Forty Five minutes. For purposes of destabilizing the opponent, it serves coach Samuel Boadu and his charges good after getting goals in the early part of the game. Unlike the preliminary game against CI Kamsar where they failed to score in the first half, the North African team will appear in different shape after a barren opening half. An efficient way of outsmarting and averting unbearable pressure from WAC is to put balls into the net before proceedings get out of hand.
Second, Accra Hearts of Oak full backs ought to be on the watch for the entire duration of the match. The opponent - following a meticulous analysis - takes delight in attacking from the wings. This situation can only be curtailed by constant intervention from Fatawu Mohammed and Raddy Ovouka. It is compelling on the part of wingers on the day to track back and assume defensive duties.
Third, in any instances of team’s inability to get goals in the first half, the team must expect the Moroccan club to give a real test on the pitch, where chunk of the minutes will be spent on psychological tactics. Accra Hearts of Oak can save themselves from all destructive measures by working assiduously to earn goals.
Fourth, goalkeeper Richard Atta to the last person must be effective and purposeful. Effective and purposeful in the sense that, their services for the rainbow club on the field only comes to an end when the referee whistles for end of the game. Defenders, midfielders and forwards cannot perform less well than anticipated. Tomorrow’s task defines their future in the continental showpiece and that can materialize with vintage performance.
Five, the head of Accra Hearts of Oak and his henchmen have little time for errors in the game, thereby being required to start the match with a formidable first eleven. As those in charge of players, they are fully in the known of who deserves to be start and drive club’s aspirations on the pitch.
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