David Ocloo Reacts to 2-1 win over Nsoatreman FC : Hearts of Oak interim head coach David Ocloo reacted to his team’s 2-1 victory against Nsoatreman FC on Sunday night during Week 26 of the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League.
GhanaSportsMarket.com provides the full transcript of Ocloo’s post-match interview.
On the 2-1 result :
“I think our boys played very well. They played their hearts out. Even though (our game) it was not beautiful we got the needed result.
On Yaw Amankwah Baafi’s performance :
Yeah he was playing from the left but later I shifted him to the right but one thing I told the three top is that they could change at any given time so that’s why he was very mobile today and he should keep it up.
On the title race :
Yeah it is possible (for Hearts to win the league). W will continue working hard and see if by the end of the season we are on top we will be grateful but we are working hard for that.
On Hearts of Oak’s upcoming away fixture at Bechem United :
“Yeah they (Bechem United) beat us like you rightly said but we are going there with a determined mind very focused and try and win it.” , Ocloo added.
Hearts of Oak recorded their eleventh victory of the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season with a 2-1 home win against the Premier League newcomers.
A minute silence was observed in honour of the late retired FIFA referee, GFA and RAG’s National Technical Instructor Mr.Richard Thomas Atiffu.
In the 15th minute midfielder Glid Otanga was brought down at the edge of the Nsoatreman penalty box as a free-kick was given to the home team at the Accra Sports stadium.
Playmaker Linda Mtange took the free-kick which was mistakenly headed by Philip Ofori into his own net to put Hearts of Oak ahead.
Two minutes later Cameroon striker Albert Eonde made a clever run with the ball into the box of the opponents but his final effort was slightly pushed out by Nsoatreman goalkeeper Daniel Afadzwu.
Hearts of Oak continued to dominate their rivals as the likes of Glid Otanga , Yaw Amankwah Baafi , Linda Mtange and Alber Eonde combined to pose many dangers against the visiting team.
Despite the dominance of David Ocloo’s side , they could only go into the break with the 1-0 advantage.
In the second period , Yaw Amankwah Baafi who has been on top form this season for the Continental Club Masters made it 2-0 in the 66th minute and it was the influential Congolese maestro Linda who provided the assist.
Just two minutes after going 2-0 down , Nsoatreman responded with a goal through Samuel Ofori.
In the 83rd minute , a red card (second yellow card) was shown to Asokwah Ransford for walking back onto the pitch without permission from any of the match officials as Nsoatreman FC finished the game with ten players.
The victory means Hearts of Oak (11 wins , 9 draws and 6 defeats this season) are now 3rd on the league table with 42 points in 26 games played.
Aduana who defeated Great Olympics in Abrankese on Saturday still lead the pack with 47 points whilst Medeama of Augustine Evans Adotey are second with 44 points.
Final 8 Matches of the League Season of Hearts of Oak :
Bechem United (Away) on April 22nd
Tamale City (Away) on 27th April
King Faisal FC (Home) on 30th April
FC Samartex (Away) on 7th May
Medeama SC (Home) on 21st May
Legon Cities (Away) on 28th May
Real Tamale United (Home) on 4th June
Berekum Chelsea (Away) on 11th June
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