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League Leaders FC Samartex face rejuvenated Hearts of Oak Saturday

League leaders FC Samartex 1996 will host Accra Hearts of Oak on Matchday 23 of the Ghana Premier League at Nana Nsenkyire Park Saturday.

Hearts of Oak are unbeaten in the league since Matchday 15 and will aim continue their impressive against the leaders.

FC Samaetex 1996 have accumulated 39 points in this campaign having won 2, drawn 1 and suffered 2 defeats – including a home loss to Nations FC in their last 5 league games. The Timber Boys go into the game as the second best team with more home wins following a total number of 27 points – 20 goals and 3 against.

They are also one of the clubs with the least number of goals conceded at home in this campaign.

Accra Hearts of Oak are unbeaten in their last 5 league games under their new Ivorian head Coach Aboubakar Ouattara having amassed 32 points after Matchday 22. The Phobians are 7th in the league table ahead of their arch rivals Asante Kotoko and boasts 12 points in 11 games on the road. The former Premier League champions have scored 9 and conceded 10 league goals and head into the game with an unbeaten record in their last 4 away league games.

FC Samartex 1996 beat Hearts of Oak 3-2 at home the last they met at the Nana Nsenkyire Park at Sameraboi following their Premier League qualification in the 2022/23 season.

Top scorer of the side Baba Musa Hamadu (8 goals) is expected to lead the attack with Evans Osei Wusu after netting a brace against Dreams FC. Other top players for the side include, Ebenezer Acquah, Emmanuel Adu Siaw, Emmanuel Mamah, Emmanuel Keyekeh, Samuel Tetteh Mensah, Ebenezer Ocran, James Sewornu, Emmanuel Boakye Owusu and Kwasi Ofosu.

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Hearts of Oak go into the game without their top scorer Hamza Issah and left back Dennis Korsah following the latter’s red card against Heart of Lions. Midfielder Salim Adams, Captain Kofi Agbesimah, Michael Ampadu, Yaw Amankwah Baafi, Salifu Ibrahim, Cisse Kassim, Linda Mtange, David Oppong Afrane, Glid Otanga and Enock Asubonteng are all fit for the game.

The game will be broadcast live on StarTimes Adepa channel 247 on Saturday at 3pm.

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