Match Preview – University of Ghana Football League (12/09/2019)
Venue: Sarbah main Field
Time: 15:00GMT (13/09/19)
The Vikings of Mensah Sarbah hall hosts their counterparts from the Hilla Limann Hall in what is expected to be one of the most fascinating encounters in the University of Ghana Football League this season.
One of the two sides will surely lose their cloak of invincibility after tomorrow’s game. It is a coincidence that both teams failed to make it past the group stages during the previous campaign and will have a chance to rectify their errors when they face each other at the Popular Sarbah Field for the only qualification slot in the group.
MENSAH SARBAH FOOTBALL TEAM
The Vikings have a relatively bigger task at hand, ahead of the winner-takes-all encounter.
Their inferior goal advantage leaves them in a very delicate situation.
Their 3-0 win against The United Nations Hall in their previous game did not do much, and a draw in their game against Limann Hall may send them packing out of the competition.
The road to glory for Sarbah hall even gets murkier given the fact that Coach Opanka’s side has been hit by significant injuries.
The absence of Playmaker Daniel Yekple and Centre Back Abdul Aziz is a huge cause for concern, but the team still has more arsenals, given their large squad size and the level of quality they possess.
Their 3-3 draw with Akuafo Hall before the start of the season shows the strength of their squad and the likes of Asuo Kuhis and Hope Nutekpor have already shown enough maturity to fill the big shoes of the missing duo.
However, the Vikings will have to be wary of the threat of the Orange boys who have survived well for their discipline and their good ball possession.
The familiarity to the grounds and the proximity to the pitch may favour the Vikings who will be motivated to play at the grounds where they won the finals two years ago.
Predicted line-up: Pius Baiden, Alex Darko, Kelvin Padi, Clement Akonyah, Asuo Kuhis, Hope Nutekpor, Emmanuel Afako, Ebenezer Bamfo Kofi-Antwi Bosiako, Evans Owusu, Nyarko Isaac. (Coach: Opanka)
HILLA LIMANN FOOTBALL TEAM
The Orange boys have shown so much brilliance thus far, and their impressive 6-0 win over the United Nations Hall (Bani) was a big statement to the Vikings.
Hilla Limann may seem to be the underdogs given their very disappointing history but they look more formidable a team this season.
After three seasons in charge, Coach Nana Kwesi Ohene has been able to carve a game philosophy that can pin down any side.
That notwithstanding, the Sarbah test will obviously be the biggest test as the tempo and quick counter-attacking, aggressive football of the Vikings can surely distort the possessive playing style of the rejuvenated Limann side.
Ezekiel Asare and Owusu Kwakye have been key to Coach Ohene’s style with the latter playing as a very mobile arrowhead who has the potential of drawing out defenders.
Enoch Larbi’s magnificent ball-winning rate as a defensive midfielder has been key with a disciplined pair of full-backs in Tarish and David Ahedo has added glamour to the patient but effective approach of the only surviving side from the southern part of the University of Ghana.
The Orange boys unlike the Vikings have no notable injuries and will be expected to have an act of revenge on Sarbah knowing very well that they will need much more than just ambition to survive the scare and artificial anxiety of the Sarbah Fans.
Predicted Line-up: Damoah Emmanuel, Tarish Abubakar, Emmanuel Botwe, Prince Akomea, David Ahedo, Joel Asmah, Enoch Larbi, Nicolas Kamkam, Sadat Alhassan, Kwakye, Ezekiel Asare. (Coach: Nana Kwesi Ohene)
- The last two games between both sides have ended in a draw.
- Hilla Limann team have scored the highest number of goals so far in the group stages of the UGFL league this season -8 goals. Only four deficient of the record of the distance Education team last season.
- Hilla Limann’s 6-0 win over the United Nations Hall is the most goals they have scored in the league game since the inception of the league.
- Sarbah has only failed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the University of Ghana Football League only once (2018/2019) in the last six years.
- The last time Mensah Sarbah lost a crucial game at the Sarbah main field was in 2015.
Story by: Godfred Damptey Larbi | UniversSports|universnewsroom.com