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20.12.2007 Football News

Zakkour, Okine magic works for Hearts

Zakkour, Okine magic works for Hearts

Ghana title holders Accra Hearts of Oak put the smiles back the on faces of their disgruntled fans as they recorded a 1-0 win over city rivals Liberty Professionals in the Accra at the El-Wak Stadium.

The Phobians fired the Steve Akwettey-led management members and replaced them with continental title winning presidents of the club, Harry Zakkour and Thomas Okine, after a poor start to the season.

The move looks to have worked with the Phobians scoring from the head of Joseph Techie Menson after just three minutes as the attacker nodded in a free-kick from Francis Bossman.

Liberty?s hopes of drawing level were not helped following a red card to Rabiu Mohammed before the 10th minute as the resolute Phobians held onto their slim lead to end their recent poor run in the league.

The win was their second of the season after five rounds of matches.

Asante Kotoko secured the biggest win of the season so far after brushing Accra Great Olympics aside with a 5-0 victory at the Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The victory took them three points clear at the top of the table.

At the Kaladan Park, Real Tamale United marched over AshantiGold with a convincing 3-1 victory, handing them their fourth victory in five matches.

The home side went three goals up before the Miners got a consolation from a spot kick.

Kwame Asare and Tofiq Alolo and Alhassan Salam scored for RTU before Shaibu Yakubu got the only goal for the Miners after he had been felled in the box.

Elsewhere, a 25th minute strike by Alan Shearer helped Heart of Lions to a 1-0 victory over King Faisal at the Kpando Park.

Kessben FC recorded an impressive away victory at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast where they beat Tema Youth 2-1.

James Boadu tapped in from close range on four minutes to put Kessben in the lead before Baba Iddi doubled their lead in the 31st minute. Ekow Benson pulled one back for Tema Youth but it came too late in the game.

Real Sportive forced a 2-2 draw out Zaytuna United at the Carl Reindorf Park.

Eric Owusu scored first in the 13th minute for Sportive but Nicholas Cofie cancelled out the lead for Zaytuna to end the first half 1-1.

In the second half, Zaytuna FC jumped into the lead from a spot kick scored by Felix Baffoe but Hamza Abdulai denied them victory by salvaging a point for Sportive with the equaliser.

Ibrahim Dauda scored his third goal of the season for Berekum Arsenals at the Golden City Park in their 1-0 victory over Sekondi Hasaacas.

The attacker scored under six minutes to give the home team a deserved victory.

Wa All Stars returned to winning ways after their midweek blues with a 2-1 victory over Gamba All Blacks at the Wa Park.

Iddrisu Moro and Prince Anamang scored two first half goals before Bawa Mohammed got a consolation for the Black Magicians.