SPOKESPERSON of Accra Hearts of Oak, Moued Saeed has declared that the team is not scared of their draw against Esperance of Tunisia but optimistic that they will qualify to the next stage the competition.
He stated that Hearts must surmount such hurdles in order to get to the next stage of the Caf Confederations Cup which they will endeavour to do.
“Esperance is a strong and experienced side but to qualify,we must be able to face such tough challenges as there is no structure for an easy draw or opponent,”he stated.
He added that, the team would approach the game as if it was the finale and positive that at the end Hearts will come out victorious.
“At this stage there is no easy opponent and we are prepared to face any team and give out our best to qualify to the next stage,”he stressed.
The playing body and the technical team of Hearts he said are aware of the challenge ahead of them and would endeavour to give out their best to ensure qualification.
Hearts he recounted have met similar opponents in competition at the current stage and were able to get results in their favour.
In 1997 he said Hearts managed to beat Etoule du Sahel at the same stage of the Confederations Cup before meeting them year later in the Champions league and won after two legs.
Hearts lost to the same side on penalties in the champions league, dropped to the Confederations Cup in 2004 and won the ultimate trophy.
Far back in 1990, he added that Club Africana suffered defeat in the hands of Hearts.
In that regard,he said Hearts had very closely fought matches against Tunisia sides and the current challenge would not be too tough to handle.
“The fact that Esperance were dropped from the champions league means they are not good enough and could be beaten”.
The Spokesperson expressed confidence in head coach Herbert Addo stating that his experience has been a contributing factor to the team’s success and he would be relied upon in their clash against Esperance.
“Most of the players except Abdoulaye Soulama,Kofi Abanga and Philip Boampong are young and we will rely largely on the rich technical bench and coach to qualify.”
Hearts will play the first leg of the encounter in Tunisia between May 15-17 while the second leg would be played later in Accra and Mr. Saeed asked fans to continue supporting the team.
By Michael D. Abayateye