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10.01.2005 General News

Life returns to normal after a crazy Sunday

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Accra, Jan. 10, GNA - Accra, the commercial capital of the country is uncharacteristically quiet, a day after the epic encounter between the two most glamorous clubs - Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko - in the finals of the maiden edition of the CAF Confederation Cup at the Kumasi Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The wild jubilations that greeted the historic victory of Hearts over their bitterest rivals, Kotoko after an 8-7 penalty shoot-out seemed to have died down early Monday morning when the GNA Sports team visited Makola and a few areas in the capital.

Although died-hard Hearts fans were still seen in their tri-coloured flag of red, yellow and blue, the honking of car horns and the crazy noise witnessed in most parts of the regional capitals on Sunday has fizzled out as people were busily going about their daily activities.

Perhaps, most Hearts fans were shocked by the stunning victory against the backdrop that the team fought from behind on both legs to pull level in the all-Ghanaian finals.

Kotoko were the overwhelming favourites to carry the day but Hearts ignited the Stadium with their "never-say-die" spirit when Lawrence Adjah Tetteh hit the roof of the net to cancel Charles Taylor's leader in the opening minutes of the second half.

Young goalie Sannie Mohammed who pulled two dramatic saves including skipper Joseph Hendricks's kick was the hero of the day as he was carried shoulder-high by an elated fans.

Rumours have it that after his sterling performance in Sunday's game, Sannie's mother, an evening "coco" (porridge) seller at La, in Accra, gave out her coco free of charge to her customers.

People bathe themselves in champagne at the Gold House, a popular joint in Damsoman amid shouts -"you may kiss the cup"- while a lot more blocked the main Dansoman-Banana Inn road making vehicular traffic very difficult.

Similar incidents were reported at Accra Newtown and Nima where there are predominantly Hearts fans.

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