The clash, over two legs will see the first come up at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, October 17 with the return fixture set for the Mohammed V Stadium in Rabat, Morocco a week after the first leg. Hearts of Oak have no option but to make Ghana and their fans proud in the 2021/22 CAF Champions League qualifiers. Hearts of Oak qualified for the 2021/22 CAF Champions after winning the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League at the expense of arch rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Hearts of Oak clocked 61 points as against Kotoko’s 57 points at the end of the 2020/21 league season. The Phobians also went ahead to win the 2020/22 MTN FA Cup. The Phobians beat AshantiGold by 8-7 on penalty shootouts after a marathon shootouts. Hearts of Oak were crowned champions which was their record 11th time ahead of Kotoko who have nine titles. The feat ensured that Hearts of Oak claimed a domestic double in over a decade. It also ensured that Hearts of Oak won a domestic treble automatically.
With the North Africa club coming into the game with a depleted side, former goalkeepers trainer of Hearts of Oak, Abukari Damba has cautioned them against conceding in the first leg as the the Morocco club are capable of scoring. “Hearts of Oak need to play attacking game against WAC on Sunday. “And they should be careful not to concede a goal against WAC.”
Hearts of Oak set up the second preliminary round clash after eliminating Guinea side, Club Industriel de Kamsar in a one tie qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium as the first leg could not take place due to a Coup D’Etat in Guinea. A perfectly taken free kick by Kodzi and a sublime long strike by youngster, Salim Adams drove the 2000 CAF Champions winners to a 2-0 victory over CI Kamsar. Hearts of Oak who are 2001 CAF Super Cup winners and 2004 CAF Confederation Cup winners. won domestic treble last season.
They claimed a 21st league title as well as their 11th FA Cup an 8-7 penalty shootout win over AshantiGold at the Accra Sports Stadium to complete a domestic double for the first time in over a decade. The feat automatically made them the domestic Super Cup winners.
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