Accra, April 14, GNA - Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports has sent congratulatory messages to Accra Hearts of Oak, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, King Faisal and Liberty Professionals on their performances in the various African clubs competitions at the weekend.
The messages, which were sent on behalf of the government and people of Ghana lauded the clubs for their respective first leg results on the continent and implored them to work harder to advance to the next stage of the competitions they are participating in.
Describing Hearts' victory over Aviacao of Angola as resounding, the minister hoped that the club would not rest on its oars but would go all out to eliminate the Angolans.
Mr Baah-Wiredu said Kotoko's draw result in Abidjan against ASEC was a great performance and entreated the Porcupine Warriors to "defeat and eliminate the Ivorian champions when they come to Ghana for the second leg."
He beseeched the players and officials of King Faisal not to "rest on their oars" despite their 1-0 away victory over Dynamos of Zimbabwe but to go all out to eliminate the Zimbabweans and advance further into the competition.
Despite their 0-1 loss to Petro Huambo in Angola, the minister said the performance of Liberty Professionals was courageous and hoped that " the club will put the defeat behind it and work harder to defeat and eliminate the Angolans when they come here in a fortnight for the second leg."
Ghanaian clubs recorded good results at the weekend in their various African clubs engagements. Hearts of Oak spanked Aviacao of Angola 4-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium while Asante Kotoko drew 1-1 with the dreaded ASEC Mimosa of Cote d' Ivoire, both in the African Champions League.
In the Confederations Cup, King Faisal won 1-0 away against Dynamos of Zimbabwe and Liberty Professionals lost by a lone goal to Petro Huambo of Angola in Angola.