After utilising him in an unfamiliar defensive role in the club’s 1-0 win over Asante Kotoko and recently against Gold Stars, deputy coach of Hearts of Oak David Ocloo has been discussing Yaw Amankwa Baafi’s best position and how his impressive adaptability can be a valuable asset for the team.
The deployment of Baafi on the right side of defense has been one of the success stories from Ocloo’s early days in the job since taking over from head coach Slavko Matic.
Many were left scratching their heads when the former Kotoko deputy coach deployed the youngster on the right side of defense in their 1-0 win against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko in the President’s Cup which also served as a League game.
The 19-year-old was voted Man of the Match by Hearts supporters in the Super Clash, impressing with his direct running, use of the extra space afforded him in a deeper position, and willingness to defend when required. He has been deployed in that position for the Phobians not only in the Kotoko game but against Gold Stars last Saturday.
Call it or luck or tactical genius, the switch has proven to be an inspired one. The youngster has been afforded a deeper role and has impressed with his direct running for attack and willingness to track back on the defensive side.
David Ocloo after the Gold Stars draw explained his decision to play Amankwaah Baafi as a right-back instead of the usual right attacking wing role he played.
“Our decision to use Baafi at right back is simple, he is a utility player and can be deployed to play in many positions”
Baafi is in line to keep his position when Hearts of Oak host Kotoku Royals at the Accra Sports Stadium this weekend.