Former champions, Hasaacas Ladies and league leaders, Soccer Intellectuals face off this afternoon at the Essipong Stadium at Sekondi headlining the Match Day Five fixtures and in a contest that could determine the eventual winners of the southern zone.
This game will attract the most attention in the southern zone as it puts Soccer Intellectuals’ unbeaten run this season under threat while it provides Hasaacas, currently third on the log, the chance to also aim for a third straight win after overcoming their stuttering start to their campaign in this season’s Women Premier League (WPL).
The game will also be a clash between the strategic Robert Duncan, the founder of Intellectuals who has assumed the role as the head coach and one of the master tacticians in the women’s game, Yusif Basigi as they try to outdo each other to consolidate their hold at the top.
Also, fans will be served an appetising encounter as one of the strong defence in Soccer Intellectuals who have conceded only a goal so far, try to hold back a Hasaacas side that have scored 14 goals in three goals, 12 in just two games.For the first time, Robert Duncan’s Soccer Intellectuals find themselves at the top with three wins and a draw and have vowed to hold on to that lead and qualify for the champions play-off for the first time.
The consistency, cohesion and experience have been the key to their success as most of the players have been together for the last three seasons, however, Coach Duncan believes they have found the solution to their problem as well the ‘self-belief’ of the players.
“In the past, we played well but let in some bad goals due to lack of absolute concentration and we were unable to convert the chances we created.
This season however, we have improved, while we still can do better with our conversion rate, we have managed to seal our leaking defence. “Against Hasaacas, we know we face a tough side more so as they have picked up their scoring form, but we have a strategy to neutralise the attack they are likely to parade against us,” Mr Duncan told the Mirror in an interview.
Coach Basigi insists, their tactics have started working and the results in the last two matches are a proof of what they are aiming at.“Without sounding complacent, out target is to be at the top and we have what it takes to do that. We did not start well, but certainly, we have recovered and will maintain that performance to eventually get to the top and claim the title in the zone.
“The good thing it’s not just Doris Boaduwaa and Milot Abena Pokuaa who are scoring, they remain our lead strikers, but we will deploy a team with other players also capable of scoring,” Coach Basigi indicated.A win for Hasaacas will see them earn nine points while Intellectuals could lose the lead, while a draw could keep them there, depending on the outcome of Police Ladies’ trip to Elmina to face Sea Lions .
In other games for the weekend, Halifax Ladies will host struggling LadyStrikers at the Tema Stadium, while Samaria Ladies try to add to the woes of bottom-placed Immigration Ladies.In the northern zone, both Kumasi Sports Academy and Fabulous Ladies will be in search of their first win when they clash at the Paa Joe Park, while Ampem Darkoa though playing away, hope to claim all three points as they seek to recover from their shocking loss to Prisons Ladies last week.League leaders, Prisons Ladies will be out to consolidate their lead as they host struggling Ashtown Ladies at the Sunyani Coronation Park.