Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Paul Acquah says the players body knows the significance of the Super Clash to their supporters, noting that they would do everything humanly possible to subdue Asante Kotoko.
The Phobians will battle the Porcupine Warriors for the first time this season in the week 10 of the Ghana Premier League at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday.
And Hearts would be hoping to halt Kotoko’s recent dominance over them in Accra, as they are without a victory over their arch rivals since 2009. Kotoko have secured two victories with the rest ending in draws.
Acquah indicated that the victory over Ashanti Gold would serve as a motivation ahead of the game.
“Our match against Kotoko is the same as the Ashgold match or any other league game but we know what it means to the supporters so we will do our best for them on Monday,” Acquah told facebook.com/accraheartsofoak.
“We can make a difference against Kotoko because we just ended another win-less run at the home of Ashgold. We have not beaten Kotoko in Accra but this time we have to end that run and get the win.
“We are grateful to the fans for following us everywhere; they should continue like that and keep us in their prayers and we will do our best to give them victory after victory.”
Acquah returned from injury and was also part of the players who were unable to score their spot kick when Heartswere eliminated from the MTN FA Cup, and he says those experiences serve as a motivation to him.
“I have been out with knee injury but thanks to the board, I am fully well and back,” the winger said. “I got my first game against Samartex and I came into the action in the second half, but I went on to miss a penalty.
“I was disappointed but I did not let it worry me that much because I knew it could affect my performance in the next game. My hands are up, I missed the penalty and I felt sad, but I wanted to react as quick as possible.
“I think the missed penalty was a kick in the back side for me so I tried to give my all against WAFA and I am happy I did the same in the Ashgold game.
“We had gone four games without a win prior to the Ashgold game and so we did not want to disappoint. We are happy to have recorded the win and we are looking forward to the Kotoko game.”
The meeting will be the 103rd clash between the two sides with the Phobians shading the head-to-head by just two wins.