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League leaders Hearts battle champions Ashanti Gold in Accra

Match preview of the Ghana Premier League game between Hearts of Oak and Ashanti Gold.

Hearts of Oak to entertain Ashanti Gold in Accra.Hearts of Oak will welcome Ashanti Gold to the Accra Sports Stadium on match day 22 of the ongoing Ghana Premier League on Wednesday.

The Phobians after 21 games are leading the league table with 38 points whilst the defending league champions are at the 11 position with 25 points.

Hearts of Oak after earning a well-deserved 1-1 draw against Kotoko last Sunday in Kumasi will be doing everything possible to consolidate their lead which is by snatching a the three points against the Miners.

The Obuasi based club has not performed well on the road in the ongoing campaign as they have lost two, won one and drawn seven in ten away games.

The Rainbow boys in the first round beat the Miners 2-1 through Cosmos Dauda’s brace while Awudu Nafiu reduced the deficit for the Obuasi giants. Last season Ashanti Gold held the Phobians to a 2-2 draw game in Accra.

Hearts of Oak guardsman Inusah Musah who was adjudged man of the man against Kotoko spoke to Pulse.com.gh regarding their upcoming league duel against the Miners.

“We are not ready to relinquish our top spot for any team, so we are going all out to get the three points against Ashanti Gold,” said Musah.

“The morale in camp is very high, we know they will come to the game trying to seek for revenge because of what we did to them in the first round but we will not allow them because we are playing at home and we must make our supporters happy which id by winning the game.”

But Awudu Nafiu believes the Miners have what it takes to shock the Phobians in Accra.

“Though we have not had a good season but I can say we have the quality to shock Hearts of Oak in Accra, we are storming Accra with one aim which is to win.”

“We have nine more matches to go and we are doing everything possible to finish at a respectable position at the end of the season.”

Match Facts

The two teams have battled each other 41 times since the inception of the Professional League in 1993.

Hearts have won 18 times as against Ashanti Gold’s 13 with 10 games ending in draw.

76 goals have been scored in this fixture, Hearts have scored 43 goals whilst Ashanti Gold has converted 33 times.

Season/Result

1993 / 1994

Hearts 0 – 2 Goldfiels
Goldfields 1 – 1 Hearts

1994 / 1995

Goldfields 3 – 0 Hearts
Hearts 0 – 1 Goldfields

1995 / 1996

Hearts 2 – 0 Goldfields
Goldfields 0 – 1 Hearts

1996 / 1997

Goldfields 1 – 0 Hearts
Hearts 2 – 0 Goldfields

1998

Goldfields 0 – 1 Hearts
Hearts 3 – 0 Goldfields

1999

Hearts 1 – 0 Goldfields
Goldfields 2 – 1 Hearts

2000

Hearts 2 – 1 Goldfields
Goldfields 2 – 1 Hearts

2001

Goldfields 0 – 1 Hearts
Hearts 3 – 0 Goldfields

2002

Goldfields 0 – 1 Hearts
Hearts 5 – 1 Goldfields

2003

Hearts 1 – 1 Goldfields
Goldfields 1 – 1 Hearts

2004

NOVELTY LEAGUE (different zones)

2005 / 2006

Hearts 1 – 0 Ashanti Gold
Ashanti Gold  0 – 0 Hearts

2006 / 2007

Hearts 0 – 0 Ashanti Gold
Ashanti Gold 0 – 1 Hearts

2007 / 2008

Ashanti Gold 1 – 0 Hearts
Hearts 1 – 1 Ashanti Gold

2009

Hearts 2 – 1 Ashanti Gold
Ashanti Gold 1 – 0 Hearts

2009 / 2010

Ashnti Gold 0 – 0 Hearts
Hearts 0 – 0 Ashanti Gold

2010 / 2011

Hearts 1 – 0 Ashanti Gold
Ashanti Gold 1 – 0 Hearts

2011 / 2012

Hearts 3 – 2 Ashanti Gold
Ashanti Gold 1 – 0 Hearts

 2012 / 2013

Hearts 0 – 1 Ashanti Gold
Ashanti Gold 2 – 1 Hearts

 2013 / 2014

Ashanti Gold 1 – 0 Hearts

Hearts 2 – 1 Ashanti Gold

 2014 / 2015

Ashanti Gold 1 – 1 Hearts
Hearts 2 – 2 Ashanti Gold

2015/2016

Ashanti Gold 1 -2 Hearts

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