Hearts to commemorate 11th anniversary of Confed. Cup feat

A group picture of some members of  the victorious ‘64 Battalion’ squad

A group picture of some members of the victorious ‘64 Battalion’ squad

ACCRA Hearts of Oak, as part of events to commemorate the 11th anniversary of their CAF Confederation Cup glory, would on Sunday organise a match dubbed the “Impartation Match” between the current team and the victorious Confederation Cup winning team at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The winning team would join forces with the 2000 Champions League and 2001 Super Cup winners, known as the ‘64 Battalion’ to form the “Millennium Team” that would battle it out with the current team.

The match would be preceded by another friendly game between Nigerian side, FC Ifeanyi Ubah aka Anambra Warriors and Hearts.

Speaking at the launch of the event, captain of the Confederation Cup winning team, Yaw Amankwah Mireku said the event is expected to bring back smiles on the faces of the loyal supporters who cherished the winning days of the team.

“The match is being used to impact the winning spirit and the mentality of the Millennium team which represented the most successful era in the history of Hearts on the field of play to the current playing body,” he stated.

He added that, most of the old players that performed huge roles in the glorious days would be present to make the event a memorable one.

They include, Captains Jacob Nettey and Amankwah Mireku, Adzah Tetteh, Charles Taylor, Joe Ansah, James Nanor, Sannie Mohammed, Michael Donkor and Osmanu Amadu.

Others are Kwame Ali, Edmund Copson, Prince Tagoe, Kwame Antwi, Wisdom Abbey and Dan Oppong.

The current team, according to the organisers, would also use the match to introduce new recruits like Samudeen Ibrahim, Samuel Yeboah, and Richard Akrofi while old guards like skipper Robin Gagne and goalkeeper Abdulai Soulama would also feature.

Jacob Nettey would coach the Millennium team and would be assisted by Sampson Lamptey while James Nanor acts as goalkeepers’ coach and Nii Sackey Gedo Odamttey as Team Manager.

Several personalities in government and the sports fraternity are expected to grace the occasion.

Rates announced for the event include, GH¢20 for VVIP, VIP-GH¢10 while the popular stands would go for GH¢5.00.

Hearts beat rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko 8-7 on penalties to win the Confederation Cup in 2005 after both legs ended on a 2-2 aggregate.

By Michael D. Abayateye and Enoch Ntiamoah

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