Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Ghana

Hearts begin journey out of drop



Four wins in sixteen games is the stat most suited to mid- to lower-level Ghana Premier League teams who are not called Hearts of Oak, but that's where the Phobians sit after winning on Sunday.

Their 1-0 victory over King Faisal came from yet another spot kick at the Accra Stadium. It was converted, as most of the others have, by the Ivorian defender Robin Gnagne.

The defender becomes Hearts second highest top scorer, with four goals, behind Mahatma Otoo's seven.

"I cannot state how crucial this win is for the boys, not even for me," David Duncan said post match, going on: "It was key for their confidence that we begin this round well."

That is true, but the Phobians have not escaped relegation just yet. Hearts still have a glamorous spot in the bottom three of the standings, even though they are level on points with three other sides ahead of them.

Duncan was noncommittal on the state of his team following a player reshuffle that saw ten players come in and twelve deemed surplus to requirements.

"The technical team is still working, and it is a work in progress after we brought in new blood after the first round," the coach said.

Douglas Nkrumah, Hearts’ top-scorer two seasons ago, Isaac Ofori, Moro Iddris and Attakorah Gyimah were all shock victims of Duncan's chop, according to supersport.com editor Gary Al-Smith, but he has maintained that he knows what he is doing.

Some of the new men have already justified their pricey acquisitions. James Bissue has five goals since coming in, with four in friendlies and one in the FA Cup. Crucially, four of those five have been freekicks, a rarity in itself this side of world football.

Snapped up from New Edubiase, left back Owusu Bempah came with a decent reputation following his role in his former side's romp to FA Cup glory. He is yet to score in a league game, following his debut goal against Tamale Utrecht in the FA Cup.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
How do you pay tribute to Thierry Henry?
If you’re a fan of the classic musical “The Sound of Music” then you will be familiar with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Some refs invite criticism
Why is it that some referees appear to invite criticism? Why is it that some referees put a...

Neil Tovey
Backing Tinkler for the big time
With Vladimir Vermezovic having jumped ship, Orlando Pirates find themselves in a state of flux.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Wenger in or out? I say out!
After Arsenal’s loss to Stoke City this past weekend, the call for Arsene Wenger to step down as...

Sunday Oliseh
Football's new undisputed best club?
When Barcelona appointed Pep Guardiola as head coach in 2008, their primary objective was to stop...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Make or break time
Ten years ago today, I remember Andy Gray's iconic commentary at Anfield, when Steven Gerrard...