Accra, Nov. 15, GNA – Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani says Aante Kotoko are obsessed with beating Hearts of Oak when the arch rivals lock horns in the week seven ‘super’ clash in the Garden City (Kumasi) on Sunday.
Dramani would be guiding the Porcupine Warriors in his fourth game since joining the team and tells GNA Sports “we are obsessed with beating Hearts because our aim is to climb to second place this Sunday and jump to the top before the end of the first round”.
He is well aware of the challenge and pressure that comes with playing the Phobians though the latter are struggling to keep their campaign on track.
“I disagree with those who say form guide plays no role in football. It does a lot in the modern game and we will seek to capitalize on our current form on Sunday.
“We know the pedigree of the Hearts team, their weaknesses and we hope to use our strength to our advantage.”
He reckons “it will be a very emotional game especially for Hearts because of their present circumstances and the fact that they have a new coach. The players will want to ‘kill’ themselves to catch his attention in a big game like this one.
“I respect (David) Duncan because he is a good coach and his track record. He will know by now the pedigree of Kotoko because his previous teams played against Kotoko.
“But this is a different team, new crop of players and a different coach in charge so things won’t be the same. There is a big blend of new and old players and things around here are no longer the same.”
On what level of impact he expects Duncan to bring to bear, he said: “I don’t expect much from him because he is new at the club but it is not enough to underestimate his side.
“We are very composed and just planning to approach the game like any other.”
The game billed for the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi is Duncan’s first since taking charge at Hearts.