Derby matches come with different flavours and spectacles regardless of the form of the teams involved.
The players’ minds are tuned to historical antecedents to coerce them to produce figurative performance more than the usual performance.
All over the world there are some obvious teams that comes to mind when it is about derbies.
And of course, each country has her own striking derby that draw more people to the stadium to add significant value to the match.
In Ghana, the biggest derby is the one between the big guns Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak. This match is critical to even the President of the country who ensure the safety of souls that enter the stadium to watch the game.
Nonetheless, there are other regional derbies that obviously bring copious excitement if not equal to Kotoko-Hearts encounter, have some closeness.
Yesterday, in match day eleven game between Accra Hearts of Oak and Accra Great Olympics at the Accra Sports Stadium, it perfectly lived up to expectations. The fans, the chants and waving of flags electrified the game bringing back old memories.
Today at Obuasi Len Clay Sports Stadium, two Ashanti teams are facing each other. Ashanti Gold SC Versus Asante Kotoko SC.
The two teams are wounded as they come face-to-face following their defeats last weekend which makes the game a blockbuster clash. This kind of game, irrespective of the venue, produces a sterling outcome.
Just as the tempo of the is glowing, unfortunately, there are six (6) crucial players who will miss this game.
Kotoko, who is hugely affected will be losing five key players. These players have played a pivotal role thus far in the league.
Former Atlanta right-back, Patrick Asmah, striker, Osman Ibrahim, and midfielders, Emmanuel Kayekeh, Kwame Adom Frimpong and Habib Mohammed are all ruled out.
On the part of Ashanti Gold, midfielder Appiah McCarthy is out. McCarthy has been one of the astronomical players for the Black and Yellow team.
In spite of losing these players in such a game, there are others who will embellish the game.
The likes of Fabio Gama, Kwame Opoku, Yaw Annor, Emmanuel Genfi, Richard Osei Agyemang and others are the players who will make the game exciting today.
The two teams are at par with 16 points each and whoever wins this game move up outdoing the other.
8Source: Opemsuo.com / Sasu Danquah.