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24.07.2004 League Report

Kotoko & Hearts Make It!

By SpaceFm, 87.7/PEACE FM
Kotoko & Hearts Make It!
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Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra hearts of Oak booked their places in the last eight of the CAF Confederation Cup competition and thus stake a claim for a share of US$500,000. Liberty Professionals attempt to make it three out of three for Ghana, when they take on Al Hil of Sudan at the Accra sports stadium on Sunday Kotoko Hold WAC: A fantastic personal strike by Shilla Alhassan with minutes to end regulation time dashed the hopes of the WAC of Morocco from making it into the last eight of the CAF Confederations Cup, Saturday evening. The Kotoko striker came on as a second substitute for Nana Arhin Duah at a time the porcupine warriors were down by one goal and found his way into the WAC defence before hitting the ball past the goalkeeper. The late strike by Kotoko, which shattered the high hopes of the WAC supporters in the Mohamed V stadium, has ensured that the Ghanaian side book a place amongst the last eight for the CAF Confederations Cup group stage. Asante Kotoko had a terrible first half reeling under pressure and in the event conceded a goal with just few minute to go for the end of the half after a defensive mix up. Kotoko won the first leg played in Kumasi 2-0. The porcupine warriors are now the second Ghanaian side to book a place in the group stage of the new competition and stake a claim for a share of US$500,000. Earlier, Accra Hearts of Oak managed to hold Senegal's AS Douanes to a 0-0 drawn game and advanced to the group stage of the competition on a 1-0 aggregate. Hearts Win A mixture of courage, commitment, and tactical discipline catapulted Accra Hearts of Oak of Ghana to the money zone of the CAF Confederation Cup after battling AS Duoannes of Senegal to a pulsating goalless drawn game in Senegal. Hearts defied all the hostile home fans and played a well-rehearsed tactical game under the tutelage of their German trainer, Ernest Middendorp. Hearts, thus qualifies on 1-0 aggregate after beating Duannes 1-nil a fortnight ago in Accra. Line-up of Hearts: Sammy Adjei, Acquah Harrison, Amankwaa Mireku, Daniel Quaye, Michael Donkor, Daniel Coleman, Lawrence Adjei, Lawrence Adja-Tetteh. Louis Agyeman/Ablade Morgan, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Prince Tagoe/Eric Nyarko.

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