Hearts of Oak hoping to end winless streak

Wafa midfielder Martin Antwi wants his team to draw inspiration from their weekend FA Cup win when they take on trouble-hit Hearts of Oak in matchday eight of the Ghana Premier League at Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

Antwi admits his side’s weakness in away fixtures this term, but claims it is as a result of poor pitches, noting that they are eager to put it right.

“It’s true we’re not performing too well away from our stadium but it’s because the pitches we’ve played on are very poor and they affect our play,” Antwi told Goal.

“Against Hearts of Oak, it would be a different game because the pitch at the Accra Sports Stadium is not bad. Most national teams play their qualifiers at the facility so we’re hoping to record our first win over them since 2004 and push into the top four position,” he added.

Wafa’s main injury concern is Majeed Ashimeru, who is still out with a knee trouble.

Hearts are without a win in their last three games and were surprisingly knocked out of the FA Cup by second-tier side Samartex on penalties in the round of 32.

Interestingly, Hearts coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has also slammed his bosses for holding back salaries and bonuses of players and backroom staff for the past three months.

Hearts of Oak management member Vincent Odotoi Sowah has described the coach’s outburst as ‘childish’.

Hearts will miss the services of Isaac Oduro due to injury, while Selasi Adjei, Richard Yamoah, Samudeen Ibrahim and Thomas Abbey have all failed to recover in time for the upcoming fixture.

Hearts have tasted one defeat in their last twelve league games, winning seven and sharing the spoils four times but Wafa are yet to record a win over Hearts after eight attempts, losing six with two draws.

Wafa have also failed to score a goal against Hearts when playing away from home.

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