Accra Great Olympics have received a boost ahead of their Premier League game against city rivals Hearts of Oak on Sunday.
This follows the decision of the Black Stars technical team to release talisman Gladson Awako for the Ga Mashie derby – a match day 28 fixture scheduled for the Accra Sports stadium.
The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup winner has been one of the key figures in the Great Olympics set up featuring in 24 matches in the on-going campaign. Awako, who made his International debut in March against Sao Tome and Principe, is an inspiration to younger ones in the team due to his exemplary leadership quality on the field of play.
Great Olympics defeated Hearts of Oak 2-0 in the first round of the League – but the League leaders are on a mission to redeem their image in this weekend’s encounter.
They have won two – lost two and drawn one in their last five League games – currently sitting in 3rd place – five points behind leaders Hearts of Oak. The Dade boys will miss the services of Samuel Ashie Quaye on Sunday – the winger is in Japan with the Black Meteors for International friendly matches against Japan and South Korea.
Accra Hearts of Oak have not lost a game since their 2-0 loss to Dreams FC on May 2, at the theatre of Dreams, Dawu. The Phobians have gone on a five match winning run – beating King Faisal (2-0), Bechem United (1-0), Elmina Sharks (2-0), Eleven Wonders (1-0) and Berekum Chelsea (2-0). The former champions continued their heroics in midweek with a 3-0 thumping of Liberty Professionals in the MTN FA Cup.
Ibrahim Salifu has been the main force behind their sudden turnaround. The former Eleven Wonders man scored the winner against Bechem United and made the goals against Elmina Sharks and Berekum Chelsea.
Hearts of Oak lead the Premier League table with 49 points – but cannot afford to slip against a Great Olympics side who look very much poised to push the title race to the wire.
Great Olympics put up a brave fight against Karela United on Friday after coming from a goal down to draw 1-1 at the CAM Park. Hearts of Oak have not conceded in six games across competitions – keeping five clean sheets in the Premier League and one in the MTN FA Cup.
The match is scheduled for 6pm kick off at the Accra Sports Stadium and will be live on StarTimes Adepa channel 247.