Hearts return today

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Accra Hearts of Oak will arrive in Ghana today after their 4-0 crushing defeat against Esperance in the first leg tie of the CAF Confederation Cup final qualifying round.

The Ghanaians were taught bitter football lessons after going down heavily against the Tunisian giants in Rades last Sunday.

Esperance, one of the biggest football on the continent, delivered the massive blow to their Ghanaian opponent at home to put them in the driving seat ahead of the return leg in Accra in two weeks.

Hearts now have to plan for the difficult return encounter at the Accra sports stadium.

Meanwhile, Hearts board member, Frank Nelson remains confident the side will overturn a 4-0 deficit against Esperance to qualify to the group phase of the CAF Confederation.

The Phobians have a huge mountain to climb in their quest to the group phase with the huge deficit ahead of the return encounter in two weeks.

But Frank Nelson insists they remain unwavering despite the big defeat.

“There are a lot of things in football and lots of miracles do happen,” he said

“It has happened before and can happen again. We have been in such a situation before and we manage to turn it around.

“We lost the same margin to St George of Ethiopia and when we returned to Ghana for the second leg, it was different story. Everybody knows what happened.

“It’s difficult but we can beat them and qualify. Miracles do happen in football.”

Hearts have an audacious task of progressing at the expense of the Tunisian giants in two weeks time in Accra.

Similarly, Hearts’ striker Foovi Aguidi is refusing to give up on reaching the Group stage of the Confederation Cup despite losing 4-0.

The Phobians will need a miracle to eliminate the Blood and Gold in the return to be played on 07 June in Accra.

Hearts will be seeking to draw inspiration from the “Miracle of EL WAK” in 1977 when they lost the first leg of the African Club championship quarter final 5-2 to Zambian side Mufulira Wanderers overturned the result with a 3-0 win.

Aguidi believes it is possible to scale over the hurdle.

“It is possible why not, its football. We can score five or six if we believe ourselves and we try and train,” the Togolese striker told Joy Sports.

“They scored here but we too we need to score in Accra and we will. We only have to correct our mistakes and listen to our coach.”

For Hearts’ Coach Addo, “the turf was slippery so the players were falling,” he said.

“But Esperance were superior and punished us for our mistakes.

“They taught us a lot. They are a professional team and we are trying to get to their level”.

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