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Gladson Awako fires warning to Hearts of Oak ahead of Accra derby

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Gladson Awako
Gladson Awako

Great Olympics skipper, Gladson Awako, expects a different game against arch-rivals Hearts of Oak when the two sides slug it out in the Premier League on Friday, January 29 at the Accra Stadium.

Awako, an inspirational figure in the Olympics setup, says his side are in fine form and confidence was running deep in the side to defeat Hearts this season, and believes the results will be different in this season’s encounter.

Hearts thrashed Olympics 4-0 in last season’s truncated league, but the Wonder Club’s impressive display this term could make the Accra derby a mouth-watering clash. In an interview with the Graphic Sports yesterday, the former TP Mazembe midfielder said he was looking forward to proving a point in the Accra derby since those clashes always brought out the best in players.

Awako noted that his team currently possessed a solid squad that would trouble Hearts unlike the depleted side they presented in their last outing.

“I can’t wait for that clash, it is going to be a tough contest and I can assure you that it is definitely going to be a different result this time around.

“This is a derby match over who rules Accra and we want to prove a point that we are the best in the capital by beating them. That is the only way to do that,” Awako added.

The much-anticipated derby between the two revered capital clubs is expected to throw up a thrilling encounter, especially at a time when both sides are doing well.

Awako has been an inspirational figure in Olympics’ impressive performance this season, scoring important goals that have propelled his side to four wins and two draws in nine matches, including last Friday’s 2-0 victory over Inter Allies.

He is regarded as the most improved player in the competition so far, having won the Ghana Premier League’s NASCO Player of the Month award for December. A recipient of three Player of the Match awards this season, Awako has scored three goals for his side, including a brilliant strike against AshantiGold in Accra on January 10.

Olympics, who are now handled by Yaw Preko, a former player and coach of hearts, have set a target of finishing among the top four of the Premier League at the end of the season.