Over one hundred schools participated in the qualifiers of the Ashanti Regional Inter-school soccer competition. Thirty-two schools qualified to the Baba Yara Stadium to compete in the round of 32.
After four days of competition, eight teams have qualified to compete in the quarter final stage of the competition tomorrow with four teams expected to book semi final tickets.
Here is a look at how the quarter final matches will go.
Match 1. T. I. Amass-Ksi vs K.S.T.S.
Arguably the biggest match of the day, this match promises everything juvenile football has to offer. Talent, skill, creativity, grit, aggression, determination, stamina, etc.
KSTS played a very result oriented football though the inexperience of the Ejisuman goalie contributed to their win in the round of 16. T. I. Amass does not play entertaining soccer but the results needed to progress. These approaches by the two schools will be tested tomorrow.
This match will surely see goals within the registration time.
However, the tactical acumen of T. I. Amass’s Prince Achempong Sabuto will be tested tomorrow if he can map out a strategy to repel the KSTS attacks that mostly comes from the left and right wingers.
This is the most difficult match to predict, however I foresee scoring draw in regulation time.
RaphSark predicts: T. I. Amass-Ksi to qualify
Match 2. KASS vs T. I. Amass-Fomena
Defending Champions KASS will be tested tomorrow by T. I. Amass-Fomena who repelled all the attacks of Kumasi High School in the round of 16.
Kass has managed to win all their two matches in regulation time and looked like defending Champions today against St. Hubert.
Fomena defended gallantly against Kumasi High to eliminate them penalties.
Should KASS be able to replicate their performance against St. Hubert tomorrow, Fomena will struggle to take them to penalties.
RaphSark predicts: KASS to qualify
Match 3: Adu Gyamfi SHS vs Juaben SHS
Juaben are yet to win a match in regulation time and seems comfortable to hold opponents to the lottery of penalties.
Adu Gyamfi SHS looked like an improved side against Asanteman today. Though the team can easily be exposed by any good side as done by Asanteman SHS today.
Juaben will fancy taking the four times champion to the shootouts while ADGASS will.push for a win in regulation time.
RaphSark predicts: Adu Gyamfi SHS to qualify
Match 4: Sakafia vs Islamic SHS
This is the battle of the Islamic schools in Kumasi. The two schools are all passionate about soccer and the authorities of the two schools are making significant in roads in their quest to develop and project their schools through sports.
A very solid hardworking Sakafia side who never give against a very talented Islamic side who normally waits for a spark to fuel their play.
Islamic seemed very ordinary in the first half against OT but looked transformed in the second half.
Grit, aggression, power football, pace, adrenaline flow, will clearly be demonstrated in this friendly hostility between these two Islamic schools. The experience of Islamic SHS having made it to the finals last year will surely push them through.
RaphSark predicts: Islamic SHS to qualify.
Stay tuned for more…..