The Phobians who are not new to the CAF Champions League will host the Morocco giants at the Accra Sports Stadium for the second 2021/22 CAF Champions League preliminary round for a place in the group stage of the competition. The Phobians have put finishing touches to their squad under head coach, Samuel Boadu and will leave no stone unturned at 3:00 pm in Accra this afternoon.
Hearts of Oak qualified for the second preliminary round of the CAF Champions League after eliminating Guinea side, Club Industriel de Kamsar in a one leg qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium. The gm game was expected to be over two legs but following the Coup D’Etat in Guinea, CAF ruled that the game be played in a one off qualifier which Hearts won by 2-0. Hearts of Oak scored the two goals through burly and returnee striker, Kofi Kodzi from a 30-yard free kick in the first half which the Phobians held on into the half time break. Young midfielder, Salim Adams who joined Hearts of Oak from second tier club, New EDUBIASE United scored from a long range over 40-yards to give Hearts of Oak the two goals. Hearts of Oak will now meet Morocco, Wydad Athletic Club and ex-midfielder of the club, Lawrence Adjah Tetteh has warmed the Phobians against complacency.
“The North Africa club's count on strategy in their away game's to frustrate their opponents, so that they can get the advantage at home. Heart's Of Oak player's should be extra vigilant. Hearts Of Oak really played well in the league, the FA Cup and their performance against CI Kamsar was massive. They have to bury and convert every chances that will come their way, they have be serious in front of goal. I believe Hearts Of Oak can carry the day when they play to their outmost best. Early November, we will be playing a charity game in Sunyani in honor of Godfred Yeboah before the commencement of the Ghana Premier League.” Adjah Tetteh told Service Radio.
Accra Hearts of Oak have won the CAF Champions League on one occasion and that was in the year 2000. The Phobians were crowned the Super Cup Champions a year after following their 2-0 victory over Egypt giants, Zamalek at the Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium. Hearts of Oak went on to win the 2004 CAF Confederation Cup after beating GHANA rivals, Asante Kotoko 8-7 on penalty shootouts at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
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