Nations FC coach acknowledges Heart of Lions qualities ahead of clash

Published on: 10 November 2023

Ahead of their Ghana Premier League clash on Sunday, Nations FC coach Kasim Ocansey Mingle has praised the quality of opponents Heart of Lions, while still expressing confidence in his team's ability to secure maximum points.

Mingle pointed to Lions' recent hard-fought draw against Bibiani Goldstars as evidence of their strength, stating, "Heart of Lions is not a bad side at all. In their last game, they went to Bibiani to secure a point against Goldstars. From two goals down, they were able to come back to draw the game. You know Goldstars is a very strong side and for Lions to come from behind to draw tells you they are not a bad side."

However, the former Bechem United coach emphasized that his team is focused on securing a victory at home, saying, "We are preparing just like we do in our other league matches to play them. So, we are on it preparing for Heart of Lions. Definitely, everybody is strong at home. So, once we are playing at home, they are expecting a win from us so we are also working towards that."

When asked about the possibility of a high-scoring encounter, Mingle replied, "It’s football and is a game of uncertainty so you cannot predict scoreline. We are going to play and God willing we are going to win but we can’t predict the scoreline."

Nations FC currently sits 17th on the league standings, while Heart of Lions occupies the 18th position. The match on Sunday presents both teams with an opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone.

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