Sunday sees the biggest game in the Ghanaian top-flight division come off at the Accra Sports Stadium as Asante Kotoko host Hearts Of Oak.
The game was originally set for February 14 but was rescheduled to the 28th due to Kotoko’s CAF Confederations Cup game against ES Setif on the same date.
Eventually, the much-anticipated fixture will take place tomorrow with and the fans will get to enjoy it from their couches. Because for the first time the biggest game on the calendar will be played behind closed doors on the account of COVID-19.
Both Kotoko and Hearts have arguably the best squads in the league. Therefore who and who makes our Combine XI?
Note that, our formation used for the selection is 3-4-1-2. Although the Porcupines and the Phobians have their respective formations.
Gk- Razak Abalora
Abalora seems to be an easy choice considering Hearts of Oak have been rotating between Richard Attah and Richmond Ayi.
Abalora is an early contender for goalkeeper of the season with 6 clean sheets so far and has shown little flaws since replacing Captain Felix Annan.
RCB- Ismail Abdul Ganiu
Ganiyu is one of the decent but solid centre-halves in the league. He’s been a Stewart and has consistently been good for Kotoko.
With Ganiyu leading the backline, the Reds have conceded the least number of goals this season, 7.
CB- Mohammed Alhassan
The Hearts of Oak assistant captain might have been average depending on his standard as an astute defender.
Although he has been average in some games, Alhassan undoubtedly is one of the top three best players for the Phobians this season and deserve a place in our team.
LCB- Yussif Mubarik
His partnership with Ganiyu has been nothing but the best of pair in the league.
Mubarik sometimes is seen as the weaker link to exploit, the former Ashgold man has proven to be significant in Kotoko’s back four relegating Habib Mohammed to the bench.
LWB- Imoro Ibrahim
The left-back has two goals to his name this season. Imoro seems like a flawless full-back who execute the core duty of a defender and has the attacking instinct of a modern-day full-back.
Choosing between him and Raddy Ovouka of the opposite wing is quite difficult. But Imoro had the edge over Ovouka in this regard.
RWB- Christopher Nettey
A position fit for three players, Fatawu Mohammed, Larry Sumaila(Both play for Hearts of oak) and Chris Nettey.
However, Nettey gets the nod because of the consistency in his performance this season.
For the Phobians, Fatawu has contributed to goals with is dangerous crosses while Sumaila has been resolute at the right side of defence when he plays. But Nettey has offered the qualities of the two this season and had scored one goal.
DM- Emmanuel Sarkodie
Sarkodie has been impressive this season for Kotoko. Breaking opposition attack and recovering balls as well as his energy to go with the flow of games through the 90 minutes.
An easy pick for the DM role.
CM- Manaf Umar
Manaf is selected ahead of Latif Anabila because of his ball progression and contributions to goals this season.
Manaf has been involved in about 5 goals this season(3 G, 2 A) and looks like the right choice and a good complement for Sarkodie in the middle.
AMF- Fabio Gama
The Brazilian in his debut season in the Ghana Premier League has done enough in his role as number 10.
Splitting defences with his passes and making intelligent runs in the box to open up spaces for his teammates.
Although he has one assist so far, he is one of the dangerous players up front for the Reds.
CF- Victor Aidoo
The bulky had proven to be reliable for the Rainbow team scoring 6 goals in 12 games. His strength and power he posses make it difficult for defenders to contain him.
Hence he makes a good partner for Kwame Poku in our team.
CF- Kwame Opoku
Kwame Opoku is an obvious mention in the team with 7 goals after 14 matches.
He’s been a revelation in his first stint in the Ghana Premier League after he joined from division one side Nkronza Warriors.