Accra Hearts of Oak cannot close their eyes to the fact that, they need to win all their last three games of the 2020/21 league season to claim the title. The Phobians currently lead the league log with 59 points from 31 matches played. Their bitter rivals, Asante Kotoko are three points behind them on 56 points. The three points separation came, when the Phobians stunned Kotoko 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium in week 31. Daniel Afriyie Barnieh’s 66th minute strike was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Accra Hearts of Oak have some form of advantage going into their last three games of the season. The 2000 CAF Champions League winners have gone 10 games without a defeat under coach Samuel Boadu. The team has equally seen a renaissance under the 35-year-old coach since his arrival. Players like captain, Fatawu Mohammed and winger, Patrick Razak have seen their game improve massively under Samuel Boadu’s tutelage. There have equally been revelation in the camp of the 20-time Champions with U-20 AFCON winner, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Salifu Ibrahim, Robert Addo Sowah all making their presence felt any time Hearts of Oak is engaged in any game.
The advantage Hearts of Oak go into the final three games is the fact that, they have produced some good away records against opponents this season. Hearts of Oak beat beat Legon Cities FC, Eleven Wonders, Bechem United and Liberty Professionals on the road to leading the league table. It will be a tough test for the 2001 CAF Super Cup winners to claim nine points from their last three games but Samuel Boadu is expected to fashion out tactics that will ensure Hearts of Oak won the trophy for the first time in 12-years and a possibility of making an impact in Africa once again.
The 2004 CAF Confederation Cup winners have an arduous task against Dwarfs in match day 32 at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, July 4. It is an arduous task because they need all three points to keep their points gap between them and Kotoko that is if the Porcupines keep winning. Moreover, Dwarfs equally need all three home points to keep survival hopes alive as they are not safe from the drop despite seated 12th with 37 points from 31 matches. The question will however be asked as to which club needs the three points the most in this difficult case? Hearts of Oak enterprising midfielder, Salifu Ibrahim, believes it is time to fix their eyes firmly on the three points in the remaining three matches. “This is the time we have to be grabbing the maximum [three points].” Salifu Ibrahim said.
Hearts of Oak have a respectable record in Ghana and Africa having won the domestic league 20 times. Among the 20 titles include a six time in a role feat. The Phobians went on to claim the CAF Champions League in the year 2000 after beating Esperance of Tunisia, the CAF Super Cup in 2001 after beating Egypt’s Zamalek 2-0 at the Kumasi Sports Stadium and the Confederation Cup in 2004 after beating rivals, Asante Kotoko 8-7 on penalties after the first two games ended 2-2 on aggregate. Hearts of Oak will want to return to Africa and make an impact once again but their party must be completed by winning the remaining three matches of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League.