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We can not afford to lose against Wydad Athletic Club - Hearts of Oak forward

Time is running out for Accra Hearts of Oak ahead of their second preliminary round CAF Champions League game against Morocco club, Wydad Athletic Club. The Phobians will engage the North African club in the first leg of the continental competition on Sunday, October 17 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The return leg is expected in one week at the Mohammed V Stadium in Rabat. Hearts of Oak qualified for the CAF Champions League after winning the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League.

The 2000 CAF Champions League winners raked home 61 points from 34 matches at the end of the season with their bitter rivals, Asante Kotoko clocking 57 points to place second last season. Hearts of Oak left no stone unturned after winning the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League. They went on to claim the MTN FA Cup in that same year. The 2004 CAF Confederation Cup winners beat off competition from Elmina Sharks and Medeama to qualify for the finals of the competition. They played AshantiGold in the finals at the Accra Sports Stadium with the 90 minutes of the game ending goalless. The extra time also ended goalless taking the game into penalty shootouts. After a marathon penalty shootouts, Hearts of Oak won 8-7 to be crowned the champions for a record 11th time.

Hearts of Oak will represent Ghana in the 2021/22 CAF Champions League which they were paired against Guinea side, Club Industriel de Kamsar. Hearts of Oak made light work of them by beating them 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium to set up the clash against Morocco club, Wydad Athletic Club.

As a result of all the success achieved on the domestic scene, club forward, Isaac Mensah has revealed that Hearts of Oak’s unity of purpose has been one of the key factors to the club's success under head coach, Samuel Boadu. Isaac Mensah has praised his team mates for the show unity, hardwork and togetherness in achieving the feat. "I'm always asked about team spirit and I say ‘it's good’ but this is the most together dressing room I've been in," Mensah told

Isaac Mensah added: "Winning a league title and the FA Cup is a big group effort. Right now, people not in the team realise their responsibility even more. "I look back at the whole journey and credit has to go to the top for bringing in this manager and signing good players who were also good characters both on and off the pitch. "At the beginning, we were incredible some games and then garbage. The back door would be open. But we made progress, we found a way to win ugly if we needed to.”

Isaac Mensah, who has been instrumental in Hearts of Oak’s campaign is confident that Wydad Athletic Club will be stopped in their ranks. " It will be a difficult game for both sides because both are big clubs on the continent but I am optimistic that we (Hearts) will win convincingly on Sunday to make the return fixture easier." Isaac Mensah told

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