History beckons on Monday when eight schools battle for a qualification ticket to the semi-finals of the ongoing inter-schools soccer competition of the Ashanti Region.
There will be four highly competitive quarter final matches at the Baba Yara Stadium on Monday the 5th of December to determine which four schools will make it to the last four.
There have been some big time casualties in the ongoing competition with the likes Prempeh College, Obuasi SECTEC, Osei Tutu, Barekese all dropping out. As the boys are separated from the men in the competition, the level of competition even becomes keener.
RaphSark looks at the four quarter final matches from the perspective of form and history and predicts how the matches will pun out.
FIRST MATCH KASS VRS ADU GYAMFI 10:00am
This is one of the most highly anticipated quarter final matches on Monday as two former Champions Kumasi Anglican SHS takes on four times Champions Adu Gyamfi SHS. The match will be fought on all levels as the two schools play similar style of football. Both sides like to put the ball on the turf and build attacks from the wings with inter positional passing game.
KASS have won the competition a number of times but are yet to win in the last eight years whiles Adu Gyamfi has won it four times within that same year. However, Adu Gyamfi possesses slightly better quality in terms of the player quality and will count on individual quality. The middle of the pitch will be neutralized as both sides will likely pack the middle. Adu Gyamfi will welcome their most creative midfielder, Bisa back from a short trial with Right To Dream Academy and his inclusion will add massive quality to the team due to his enormous experience.
RAPHSARK predicts a narrow victory for Adu Gyamfi SHS. Adu Gyamfi to win by 1:0
SECOND MATCH AKROFUOM VS T.I. AMASS 12:00PM
This will be highly unpredictable as Akrofuom SHS has confounded many with their unpredictable style of football that may not be pleasing to the eye but very result oriented. Akrofuom sent defending Champions Obuasi SECETC packing and continued with a victory over SAKAFIA SHS on penalties. Amass has looked very unconvincing in their play but has managed to squeeze out results.
The two sides have not played to a defined pattern so far and may end up neutralizing themselves in the middle of the park. If Manso Adubia managed to hold Amass to goalless game with ten men then Akrofuom will fancy their chances. Amass will welcome their prized asset Gattuso back after missing the last game through ankle injury. The experience and exposure of the Amass team led by National U 17 deputy captain Faisal should get them through.
RAPHSARK predicts a narrow 1:0 victory for Amass but Akrofuom victory if the match travels to penalty shootout.
THIRD MATCH OKESS VS OWASS 2:00PM
Another exciting game on the day will be the game involving OKESS and OWASS in the third game of the day. OKESS looked very unconvincing in their game against SIMMS and needed a deflected goal to win while OWASS also narrowly won over Adanwomasi after creating and wasting numerous opportunities.
If OWASS are to be slightly sharp upfront then OKESS will be in trouble. OKESS possesses individual quality in the shape of U-17 star Emmanuel Toku, Poncho, Hafiz among others but they have not geld together as a unit and do not look threatening upfront. If OWASS can mark the creative Toku out of the game then OKESS can only hope that OWASS do not utilize their chances. OKESS have no natural striker and the make-shift arrangement has not worked out.
RAPHSARK predicts a narrow win for OWASS in regulation time but OKESS will win on penalties should the match travels to a shootout.
FOURTH MATCH ISLAMIC VS COLLINS SHS 4:00PM
The two schools have interesting contrasting styles of football. Whereas Collins thrives on team play with high work rate of players plus individual brilliance, Islamic looks quite disjointed in linking defense through middle to attack but are clinical with set pieces. Collins Commercial are gradually becoming one of the tournament favorites after eliminating Prempeh College. The Agogo based school looks quite unconvincing in their play but manages to get the job done.
Islamic can change the course of the game with one of their free-kicks if they can prevent Collins from scoring.
RAPHSARK predict a narrow win for Collins but a penalty win for Islamic should the match travel to shootouts.