Hearts of Oak exhibited great piece of football on Saturday as they defiled all odds to beat Senegalese side, Olympic de Ngor 2-3 in far away Senegal to advance to the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup Competition on a 5-3 aggregate having won the first leg 2-1 in Accra.
The Phobians ahead of the game in Senegal were not given a dog chance of making it to the next stage of the competition after losing 2-1 in their domestic league fixture to Inter Allies and going into the second leg game with a slim 2-1 win. The signs were boldly written on the wall that Hearts of Oak will not make it into the next stage of the competition but they went to Senegal and they conquer.
Below are three key observations that went into Hearts of Oak triumph over Olympic de Ngor:
When Hearts of Oak team was about to leave the shores of Accra for Senegal, at the airport the facial expression and the body language of the players and the technical team depicted what they will be doing in Senegal; they looked much determined as their words were winning mentality and qualification. In the game it clearly showed as they rallied from an early goal down to beat the host 3-2.
The coach of the side, Herbert Addo has really been under pressure due to unimpressive results in the Ghanaian premier league as his job is on the line. The experience trainer went into the game not to defend but to attack, the 62 year old coach handed a starting spot to half fit Leornard Tawiah and Paul Acquah. In the second half he pulled out Tawiah and brought on Sabbah Laryea which perfectly worked for him as he maintained Acquah in the game and the decision to introduce Eric Kumi for injured Gilbert Fiamenyo climaxed the day for him.
Hearts of Oak have a very reach history against Senegalese sides, prior to the Olympic de Ngor second leg tie, the Phobians have played 11 times against Senegalese opponents winning seven drawing 3 and losing only one, scored 15 goals and conceded 10. With this reach history at the mind of the players and the technical team; their sole aim is to protect that long standing history which they did by living on the club’s Motto, ‘NEVER SAY DIE UNTIL THE BONES ARE ROTTEN’.
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