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.
It’s all set now in a repeat of the 2009 final with Adu Gyamfi SHS taking on T. I. Amass-Ksi in what is predicted to be a classic final.
Amass came to the party in their semi final game against KASS and looked superb in all departments of the game. They were robust, aggressive, tactical, direct and focused compared to all their games so far and will be rough customers for four time Champions Adu Gyamfi SHS.
Adu Gyamfi SHS on the other hand were wasteful in front of goal after creating numerous goal scoring opportunities. They were skillful, talented and very confident.
Here is a detail analysis of the two teams ahead of the final.
T. I. Amass has conceded just one goal in four matches and scored five goals.
Adu Gyamfi on the other hand has conceded no goal so far while scoring four goals in four matches so far.
T. I. Amass-Ksi play power soccer utilizing strength, aggression, maturity and direct football. They fight for 50-50 balls and thrives on wing play. Abdul Hakeem Adams, Atuahene Micheal and Adusei Solomon were phenomenal. Micheal however may not be available for the match after fracturing his hand in the game against KASS.
That should be quite a blow to the team but Amass has quality in-depth to replace him.
Kofi Wereko and Yewona Solomon should be a handful for Adu Gyamfi SHS. Moses Kuma has been solid in goal for Amass with the right protection from Abdullah Mohammed, Abass Adams and Ebenezer Appiah.
Amass play to instruction and gets the job done irrespective how they play making them a very dangerous side.
Amass changes their shape and formations in the course of games playing 4-4-2 or at times 4-3-3 with modifications.
Licensed A Coach Prince Achempong Sabuto has managed to get his players to be mentally and physically tough for all games making Amass a force to reckon with.
Amass struggles against very disciplined sides, they thrive on a spark to gather momentum. They will be frustrated against a very good passing team who puts the ball on the turf.
Adu Gyamfi SHS are not physical in their approach, looks feeble and smallish in size and thrives on talent, skill and pace.
The create from the middle, looking for defence splitting passes. Adu Gyamfi however can be error prone if put under pressure.
They love to attack and hates to be attacked.
Adu Gyamfi have not lost to any school in Open play since losing 2:1 to Prempeh College three years ago courtesy an Abass free kick.
Coached by the experienced License B Coach Micheal Opoku and Atta-Khalid Osei, Adu Gyamfi do come into games stronger in the second half in each game. Osei Capito has been great but yet to score in this competition, Striker Abdullah Yusif has a good hold up play while Solomon Asante has been their trump card. Good distribution from their middle has been their asset.
A very difficult game to predict by all standards. Amass are yet to win this Trophy since 2009 when they last won it and will be motivated to break the jinx after 8 years in the wilderness.
Adu Gyamfi SHS last won it three years ago and will love to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with the trophy for the 5th time.
RaphSark predicts: Amass-Ksi to win on penalty shootout but if any of the sides will win in regulation time, Adu Gyamfi is tipped to win in regulation time.
All roads lead to the Baba Yara Stadium this afternoon for this final clash.