The ongoing Ashanti Regional inter schools soccer competition continues to produce lots of surprises and excitement for genuine followers of high school football.
It’s been three days of crazy football and passionate support at the Baba Yara Stadium as we search for the eventual winner of this year’s inter schools and colleges soccer competition.
Six round of sixteen matches will be honoured on Monday to determine which schools join OKESS and Islamic in the quarter finals.
Raph-Sark takes a look at some of the matches, analyzes them and predicts who will likely win.
Prempeh Vs Okomfo Anokye SHS
Prempeh play very beautiful attacking football but are not clinical in from of goal. They former Champions are comfortable with the ball on the turf and will hope that OASS will not force them to modify their play. Okomfo Anokye themselves are not bad at all and will be quite confident after eliminating KTI.
If Okomfo Anokye can neutralize the passing game of Prempeh College and force them to float the balls, then they really have a chance but if they keep chasing shadows and follow the ball around then Prempeh should have a comfortable victory.
Team unity, bonding and goodwill are ingredients needed to achieve results.
Raph-Sark Predicts Okomfo Anokye Win.
T. I. Amass-Ksi vs KNUST SHS
T. I. Amass struggled to beat Mankranso SHS in their last match and didn’t lived up to the pre-tournament hype but first games are always difficult. KNUST on the other hand KNUST SHS accounted for minnows Adobewura in another difficult game.
The two sides comes face to face with a quarter final ticket at stake. KNUST were fourth place finishers a couple of years ago but have not been consistent after that. They are not really talented individuals but can worry any descent side that is not tactically disciplined. Amass boasts of talent and an experienced Coach but could be surprised if they get complacent.
Raph-Sark Predicts T. I. Amass Win (1:0)
Agona SecTech are the surprise are the revelation of this tournament after bundling KASS out.
They however comes up a another difficult opponent in the shape of Obuasi SecTech who defeated Simms Commercial. Obuasi SHTS looked very unconvincing in their game against Simms and might find Astec a more difficult opponent compared to Simms. Obuasi SHTS comes with pedigree and class as former Champions while Astec after their 3rd place finish some few years ago, have struggled to replicate that feat.
The two teams are physical but their passing were not impressive. Obuasi SHTS looks favourite on paper but might struggle to beat Astec.
RAPH-SARK Predicts Agona SecTech Win (penalty victory)
Kumasi High School Vs Asanteman SHS
This should be a very exciting game to watch as the two sides demonstrated depth of squad in their first games. Kumasi High seemed to have done some very good recruitment having in their fold about some decent players who have made a name for themselves in juvenile football. Asanteman played one of the most entertaining football the tournament has seen so far. Asanteman are not sharp in attack but possesses the ball very well while KUHIS seemed to be playing below their potential with their players playing out of position. It should be a beautiful game for the spectators. Should the clinical strikers of KUHIS decide to take their chances, then Asanteman will not compete but should ASASS manage to cut supply to the out-of-positioned attack of KUHIS then an ASASS victory is on the cards.
Raph-Sark Predicts KUHIS Win (2:1)
OWASS vs Fomena Amass
Opoku Ware needed a last minute goal to sail through against Bonwire SHTS while Fomena accounted for Tweneboa Kodua enroute to this stage. OWASS looked unconvincing and did a lot of running in the game with no end results. Fomena looked good with their passing game but couldn’t sustain their momentum in the course of the game.
OWASS looked good in their friendlies but were quite disappointing in their first game. Should they be able to rediscover that form, Fomena will not survive.
Raph-Sark predicts OWASS win (1:0)
Adu Gyamfi SHS vs Kwasi Oppong SHS
This should be a very exciting game to watch as defending Champions Adu Gyamfi SHS takes on another decent opponent Kwasi Oppong SHS.
Adu Gyamfi looked very good against Armed Forces but struggled to find the net whiles Kwasi Oppong won convincingly against Konongo Odumasi SHS.
KOSHS are underdogs but can hurt Adgass if they decide to take their chances. Adu Gyamfi has always been slow starters in tournaments but improves with each passing game. Should KOSHS find antidote to the midfield play of Adgass and saturate it by making it difficult for them to play their long searching balls to the wide attackers of Adgass, we are in for a very good game. The two teams like to pass the ball and create openings and through balls for their strikers but Adu Gyamfi SHS are masters of that game. Experience and class should get Adu Gyamfi through.
RAPH -SARK predicts Adu Gyamfi Win (1:0)