The Phobians are guests of the Morocco champions in the reverse fixture of the second 2021/22 CAF Champions League encounter at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca. Hearts of Oak are hanging on to a slim 1-0 victory from the first leg at the Accra Sports Stadium last Sunday. Hard working forward, Isaac Mensah poked in Salifu Ibrahim’s fine assist from the left side of the field for the 21 times Ghana Premier League holder’s only goal of the game.
The second leg in Casablanca looks a mountainous task as the Phobians need to work their sleeves to avoid defeat, record a scoring draw or win the game to book a place at the group stage. Returnee striker, Kofi Kodzi is however brimming with confidence ahead of the Sunday duel. He tweeted.
Hearts of Oak defied many who did not give them a dog’s chance in this season’s continental football by eliminating Guinea side, Club Industriel de Kamsar in the first preliminary game. The one off qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium due to the Coup D’Etat in Guinea, saw the record FA Cup holders beat CI Kamsar 2-0 with Kofi Kodzi and midfielder, Salim Adams scoring late in the second half. Hearts of Oak were crowned champions of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League after beating off competition from rivals, Asante Kotoko at the end of last season.
The Phobians clocked 61 points as against Asante Kotoko’s 57 points to place second at the end of last season. The victory was their first and 21st league title in as many as 11 years. They completed a domestic double for the first time in over two decades after claiming the 2020/21 MTN FA Cup at the expense of their rivals, Asante Kotoko. They defeated AshantiGold 8-7 on penalty shootouts after the finals to be crowned champions and automatically won a domestic treble.
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