Accra Hearts of Oak got their 2021/22 first CAF Champions League preliminary qualifier off to a good start last week.
The Phobians in a one legged qualifier blew away Guinea side, Club Industriel de Kamsar 2-0 with burly striker, Kofi Kodzi scoring from a free kick and Salim Adams’ long drive.
The first ever Champions League game for coach Samuel Boadu came up at the Accra Sports Stadium in a one off tie due to the Coup D’Etat in Guinea.
The victory sent Hearts of Oak into the second round of the qualifiers against Morocco outfit, Wydad Athletic Club.
Hearts midfielder, Enock Asubonteng made his competitive debut in the CI Kamsar game and he wants a ruthless effort against a tougher WAC side.
“We’ve got a very strong team which can go on and on. We’ve got to make sure we prepare right, go in and get ready for the WAC game. That’s what’s important and everyone’s looking forward to it.
“We’re very confident, full of belief with the quality of players we have. We will go into every game, no matter who we play, ready to be ruthless in front of goal and defend our box as well”.
“We’ve done well in big games, against big opponents and it’s another chance for us to go out there and show what collectively we’ve got and what we’re about.
“The way we’ve started, I can only say we need to go into the game full of confidence. The WAC team is a very good side, full of quality players judging from the matches they’ve played so far in their league and we know the dangers they can cause, but we’ll be ready for them because we have to work well to defend the image of our club-Hearts”. He told HeartsofOaksc.com
Asubonteng signed for Hearts of Oak from West Africa Football Academy in the last transfer window after a sterling 2020/21 Ghana Premier League campaign.
Hearts of Oak are representing Ghana in the 2021/22 CAF Champions League by virtue of winning the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League which is their 21st title.
They claimed their record 11th FA Cup same season after a marathon penalty shootouts against AshantiGold at the Accra Sports Stadium in the finals.
The Phobians finally nicked it past the Miners in an 8-7 score line to be crowned champions to complete a season’s double for the first time in over two decades.