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05.05.2006 Football News

Kotoko, Hearts get busy in Africa

By JoyFM
Kotoko, Hearts get busy in Africa

Accra Hearts of Oak will storm the Sahelian desert in Sousse on Sunday with the avowed aim of avoiding another preliminary stage exit from the African Champions League.

Hearts face Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel in the second leg of their final knockout round clash with just a 1-nil lead from the first leg in Obuasi.

The Phobians go into this game with maximum caution, after their painful ordeal in 2004 when Etoile ended their campaign with at this same stage of the competition on penalties.

Former coach of the club, Jones Attuquayefio, who led the team to that defeat in Sousse two seasons ago, travelled with the team last night as an advisor to coach Francis Oti Akenteng.

In a pre-departure chat with Joy Sports, coach Attuquayefio said he would leave the technical duties entirely to Oti Akenteng and concentrate on inspiring the players to a vintage performance.

Meanwhile, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, also in Antananarivo on a similar mission, are fine-tuning their preparations for second leg tie with Madagascar's USCAFOOT.

Kotoko lead 6-nil from the first leg and will only be guarding against a miracle on Sunday as a first appearance in the lucrative stage of the Champions League beckons.

Kick off is at 11:30 GMT