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Football News | Nov 16, 2004

Hearts, Kotoko To Share $500,000

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Hearts, Kotoko To Share $500,000

Irrespective of who wins the final of the maiden Confederation Cup, there will be no losers, at least financially. The winners of the competition, which this year replaced both the African Cup Winners and CAF Cups, will earn $300,000 while the beaten finalists are guaranteed $200,000.

That is a bit of good news for the contenders, who incidentally are local rivals in Ghana. Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak qualified over the weekend after both Ghanaian clubs snatched cup final tickets on the final day of the group stage.

Kotoko reached the Confederation Cup final with a 3-0 victory over Al Hilal of Sudan in Kumasi while in the other decisive group match, Hearts defeated erstwhile Group B leaders Cotonsport Garoua from Cameroun 3-2 in Accra to set up an intriguing cup final.

The first final will take place on the weekend of November 27-28 while the return leg in Kumasi is fixed for December 11.

"We have already made history by making it an all-Ghana final," said Kotoko's German coach Hans-Dieter Schmidt.

"Now we have to go one better and be the team to win the first Confederation Cup. And what better way to do this than to beat our local rivals."

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