The stage is set, the combatants are ready, the spectators are upbeat, history is in the making as Opoku Ware School attempts to win the inter schools soccer competition for the first time in 20 years whiles T. I. Amass Kumasi will hope to win it for the first time in 9 years. Whichever way it goes, history is beckoning and the players of both schools have an opportunity to write their name in golden ink for history.
Monday the 10th December, 2018 is the date, the venue is Baba Yara Stadium, at stage is pride, bragging rights and supremacy.
Raph-Sark takes a critical look of the much anticipated final of this year’s Ashanti Regional inter schools soccer competition.
This will be the second final match involving the two sides played in the last twenty years. The last time they met in the final was 1998 when OWASS won by 2:1.
Owass plays very quick counter attacking football with two speedsters who will capitalize on any defensive blunder to punish opponents. OWASS works tirelessly and apply both medium and high pressing styles intermittently. They apply their high pressing game when the opponent is wearing down and committing men into attack.
Owass prefers long searching balls from deep their midfield half with their attackers running with the balls and occasionally trying long range shots. Owass however are not defensively astute and are susceptible to smart intelligent attacks. Owass possesses stamina and that was clear in their quarter final and semi final games against Adu Gyamfi SHS and Asanteman. In all those instances OWASS got stronger with time whiles the opponents got weaker with time.
Owass accounted for Bonwire, Fomena Amass, Adu Gyamfi SHS and Asanteman enroute to this stage whiles T. I. Amass dealt with Mankranso, KNUST SHS, Prempeh College and Islamic before getting to this stage.
T. I. Amass on the hand are physical with their game, they wait to punish the opponent when the opportunity presents itself. They had a poor passing game initially but their passing game seemed to have improved in their last two matches.
Amass neutralizes the opponent in the middle and focuses on destroying the play of the opponent. They don’t impose their game on the opponent and matches the opponent in every department of the game while waiting for the opportunity to attack. They hold on and defend gallantly when they take the lead making it difficult or impossible for the opponent to come back.
The tactical brains on the benches for the two schools are very astute in their own rights.
Amass boasts of two Car Licence A coaches in Alhaji and Sabuto while OWASS also have Akwasi Owusu Antwi who is also a CAF licence A Trainer.
It will be intriguing to see how the coaches will match each other and capitalize on blunders to punish opponents before closing the game.
Coach Akwasi Owusu Antwi
If the two coaches decide to open up play and play football, we are in for a very exciting game but should the two teams decide to be cautious and not dating enough, it might be a long afternoon for spectators.
Raph-Sark predicts: 1:0 win for T. I. Amass
Justification: Amass has been the most consistent side in soccer apart from Adu Gyamfi SHS. They have made the semi finals about seven times and won it once in their nine years. Owasa has only come this far twice in the last ten years.
Amass has been unlucky to have met a very consistent Adu Gyamfi SHS who have won it five times in the last weight years.
May be football will be fair and smile at Amass this time.
Raph-Sark wishes the two sides the best of luck.