At Nana Agyemang Badu Sports Complex, Accra Hearts of Oak coach Samuel Boadu suffered his team’s second loss under his leadership. His team suffered their first loss of the year as they gave up an early goal in the second half.
Coach Boadu said after the game at Dormaa, “Even though we lost the first game, we are not down.
A few goalkeeping changes were made by the coach, giving Eric Ofori Antwi, the new keeper, the chance to retain his position at Dormaa ahead of Richard Ayi and Richard Attah.
Once more, he allowed fresh faces like Yaw Amankwah Barfi, Yassan Ouatching, a foreign player from the Central African Republic, and Eric Esso to participate in their first Accra Hearts of Oak games.
Five of Samuel Boadu’s players that competed for Black Galaxies to earn a spot in Algeria 2023 started in his usual 4-3-3 formation at Nana Agyemang Badu Sports Complex.
Coach Boadu received a warning at the start of the game. Just more than nine minutes after blowing the opening whistle, referee Misbau Mohammed had to show the visiting coach a yellow card.
The fact that the coach chose Caleb Amankwah over Konadu Yiadom shows that Samuel Boadu is the first manager to get a warning and Caleb Amankwah is the first player to be kicked out of a game.
The coach continued to perform poorly on the road. In the previous league season, he only had three wins on the road, with eight away losses and six ties. The Samuel Boadu team scored seventeen goals while scoring eleven goals away from home.
He spoke to Star Times in a post-game interview following his first BetPawa Premier League away loss.
He said: “It’s quite horrible to lose such a game. I wonder how my team would react to the defeat at Nana Agyemang Badu Sports Stadium. The boys did nicely, in my opinion. It’s sad that a small error lost us a goal because they created a number of chances but also squared a lot of opportunities. Even if we dropped the first game, we are not out of it. We must return home and make a thorough preparation.”