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28.07.2006 Football News

Kotoko, Hearts get set for CL games

By JFM
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Ghana's two representatives in the Champions league, Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko resume their quest for the continent's top prize in club football this weekend.

This weekend marks Match day 2 of the CAF Champions League.

Both Ghanaian clubs, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko would quickly want to forget the fallouts from match day one.

Two loses by the country's two biggest clubs in one weekend was a sure dampener on the nation's world cup celebrations.

This weekend could well be their redemption weekend. First up on Saturday, is Kotoko who host Sfaxien from Tunisia.

Having already lost in Algiers, the Porcupine Warriors know the importance of wining their home ties if they are to pick one of two places available from group A.

Shilla Illiasu, Aziz Ansah and Yusif Chibsah have returned to bolster the squad even though they might not be available to see the end of the campaign.

Coach Afranie is keen to emulate the feat of his colleague Jones Attuquayefio who led Hearts to the title in 2000.

Kotoko's acting chief executive; Jarvis Preprah envisages a tough duel in Obuasi tomorrow.

For Accra Hearts of Oak, visions of a repeat of the success of 2000 were dashed by a 2-0 loss at home to Enyimba.

However on the evidence of the display put up by the Phobians on that day, they are confident they can upstage their next opponents Asec in their own backyard.

The Phobian faithful remain optimistic that their dreams will not be still born.

Hearts deputy chief executive, Francis McCarthy is sure of a positive result in Abidjan.

“We spoken to the coach, we had a series of meetings with him and we've come out with a strategy to outwit the Ivorians and I think we would come back with good results,” Francis McCarthy told Joy Sports.

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