Defending league champions, Accra Hearts of Oak continued to warm their way back into the hearts of their fans with a second win of the 2021/22 league season.
The Phobians had come out of a disastrous continental campaign marked by heavy second leg defeats. Hearts of Oak were eliminated from the 2021/22 CAF Champions League where they shipped in 10 goals and scored two against Morocco giants, Wydad Athletic Club over two legs. They dropped into the CAF Confederation which also brough home unpalatable results against Algeria opponents, Jeunesse Sportive de Saoura. The first leg of the game gave the millennium champions a glimmer of hope when they posted a 2-0 win in Accra. The second leg however ended in a 4-0 loss, kicking them out on a 4-2 aggregate.
The 2000 CAF Champions League winners shifted focus to the domestic league where they had drawn three games and recorded a defeat in four matches prior to the CAF Confederation Cup fiasco. A 1-0 win over Elmina Sharks in week eight at the Nduom Stadium started a recovery exercise for coach Samuel Boadu and his charges. They posted a 2-0 win to sort of calm the nerves of the disappointed fans and coach Samuel Boadu is looking to maintain the standard.
“We were eliminated from Africa and this is the local league that we are in that we have to maintain the standard. “Even though we didn’t start well but we hope and we believe that if we take match after match, Hearts of Oak will come up,” Samuel Boadu told StarTimes. “It happens at [Elmina] Sharks and we are working on it and I believe that it will get to a time that they [players] will all understand the movement and now to put the ball into the net.” Samuel Boadu added.
Hearts of Oak have now got out of the drop zone with nine points from six games. They have three outstanding games against Berekum Chelsea, Asante Kotoko and Medeama to clear. Victories in those three games will push them closer on points with leaders, Aduana Stars and King Faisal.
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