David Ocloo Talks About Hearts of Oak Title Chances : 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 and answered questions about the chances of the Phobians in the title race.
The Week 26 victory of Hearts of Oak (11 wins , 9 draws and 6 defeats this season) means they are now 3rd on the league table with 42 points in 26 games played.
Aduana FC 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.
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 Albert 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.
At the third place and only five points behind league leaders , Ocloo believes Hearts of Oak can win the league but he is quick to add that the team needs to work harder.
“Yeah it is possible (for Hearts to win the league). We 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.” , Ocloo said.
“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 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.
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
Send us your stories and breaking news to firstname.lastname@example.org
Leave a Reply