After tasting losses in their last
three successive games, Acheampong could be shown the door with yet another
unconvincing result against the Phobians, as his unpopularity is bound to reach
all time low.
Few months ago, the 39-year old ex-Black Stars midfielder was a hero for steering the Obuasi-based club to a runners-up spot last season, but the no point show of a possible nine in recent times has metamorphosed him into the opposite and the epic clash against Hearts could be his last card for survival.
The week 10 clash marks the first time Hearts trainer David Duncan will be on the opposing bench after two impressive stints with the Miners, and also presents an opportunity to prove to his former employers he has yet to lose the Midas Touch.
Five points from the three games since assuming the reigns at the capital club, and it is enough a booster for Duncan and his charges based on the fact that the homers have lost their last three games, against Medeama, Berekum Arsenals and Aduana Stars.
Besides, the age-long rivalry between
the two clubs will certainly be reignited when they face-off at the Accra
High-flying Ebusua Dwarfs will welcome Asante Kotoko to the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast, hoping to deflate the unbeaten status of the defending league champions. Dwarfs made a triumphant return to their base after an eight-match ban for assaulting a match official last season by hammering Berekum Chelsea 4-1, and are poised to bring Kotoko down to move up the ladder.
The Cape Coasters had earlier thrashed Hearts of Oak 3-1 in one of the games during their suspension and victory against Kotoko, will complete a hat-trick of wins against the big guns of the league. Dwarfs have a hundred percent record from their last four games, a streak that should serve some concern for Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani, whose team is suffering from a boring attack.
It is a fact the Porcupine Warriors are unbeaten, but the three wins and six draws has yet to convince their teeming fans, placing some pressure on Dramani and his charges to lift up their game and remain on course for a successful defence of the title.
At the Tarkwa T&A Park, Medeam are tipped to send Heart of Lions back to Kpando empty whilst Edubiase engages Liberty Professionals in Bekwai.
Leaders Aduana trek to Berekum to
face struggling Arsenals in a regional derby at the Golden City Park. Arsenals,
lying a place off the foot of the league log are gradually gaining grounds and
Aduana would have to sweat for their desired result.
Another local derby will be at the Port City where Tema Youth will battle it out with debutants Amidaus Professionals in a match of equals.
Wa All Stars are favoured to make matters worse for win-less Real Tamale United at the Wa Park where as King Faisal contends with Berekum Chelse at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.