Hearts captain Moro Abubakar has called on fans of both clubs to behave ahead of Sunday’s mouth-watering thriller with old rivals Kotoko in Accra.
Tensions are usually high on such occasions, and Duncan perceived ‘hatred’ for Kotoko, will make the atmosphere even more fevered than usual.
Yet there has been an even deeper twist, with Hearts distancing themselves from a comment made by their coach David Duncan over a supposed biased appointment of coaches for the various national teams.
The ex-Ashantigold trainer claimed last week that appointment of national team coaches and player selections were not based on merit but on ‘political’ grounds.
His comment has been heavily criticized in the local media as it has the propensity to incite Hearts fans against the FA and the Black Stars trainers Kwesi Appiah and Maxwell Konadu.
What even makes his claims more bizarre is the fact that he was appointed as the country’s U17 and 23 coach when he was not affiliated to Kotoko.
However, Abubakar has stressed no-one should be allowed to wreck what remains the stand-out game of the domestic football calendar.
“It is a great game of football, with two fantastic football clubs. Only three results can be achieved at the end of the day and I will kindly appealed to the fans to behave,” Abubakar said
“It is important people watch this game for football and nothing else. Hopefully everyone conducts themselves in the right manner.
“I am really looking forward to a great occasion. We are the biggest clubs in Ghana and must sell a good game for the rest of the world to see.”
Abubakar is suspended for the tie at the Accra sports stadium.