The ebony black forward was a star man in the Phobians’ slim win over Morocco club, Wydad Athletic Club in the second preliminary game first leg of the continental competition at the Accra Sports Stadium last Sunday. Isaac Mensah placed him in a good position to receive Salifu Ibrahim’s perfectly taken assist from the left side of the field to shoot the Phobians into the lead with 41 minutes played in the first half. Isaac Mensah poked his feet to the perfect assist which left the Phobian fans who were in attendance at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Isaac Mensah however is not perturbed by the club’s slim chances in the second leg at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca on October 24. “We’re not worried about exiting the Champions League,” said Mensah. “It’s the most difficult competition there is on the continent. I’m impatient to play the return leg at Stade Mohammed V. “I’m convinced that we will qualify”. Isaac Mensah said. The Phobians will qualify for the group phase of the CAF League if they eliminate the Moroccan club after the second leg in Morocco. They will however drop to the second tier competition which is the CAF Confederation Cup.
Hearts of Oak prior to setting up the second preliminary second leg fixture clash against Wydad Athletic Club, eliminated Guinea side, Club Industriel de Kamsar of Guinea. The one legged qualifier came up at the Accra Sports Stadium due to the Coup D’Etat in Guinea. Hearts of Oak won by 2-0 with the two goals coming from striker Kofi Kodzi and young midfielder, Salim Adams. Kofi Kodzi swept in a sweet free kick from 20-yards in the first half before Salim Adams increased the tally with a long range drive after climbing off the bench.
Hearts of Oak are the most successful club in Ghana having won all Confederation of Africa Football organized competition. They have won the CAF Champions League in the year 2000 and a year later, they were crowned champions of the CAF Super Cup after beating Egypt giants, Zamalek at the Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium. Hearts of Oak went ahead to win the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004 after beating arch rivals, Asante Kotoko 8-7 on penalty shootouts to claim the maiden edition of the competition which was termed “virgin cup.”
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