Hearts to face Mali’s Djoliba

HrtsACCRA Hearts of Oak will face Djoliba AC de Bamako of Mali in the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup competition after eliminating Olympique de Ngor of Senegal.

The phobians won 2-1 in Accra a fortnight ago and sealed their qualification with a 3-2 victory in the return leg played in Mbour, Senegal last Saturday.

After going a goal down at halftime, Hearts of Oak equalized and took the lead through Eric Kumi’s 60th minute strike and Robin Gnagne’s spot kick.

Olympique de Ngor however equalised before Paul Acquah scored the third goal for the Phobians minutes to the end of the game to see his side qualify to the 1/8 stage.

Hearts of Oak who are previous winners of the competition, will now travel to take on Djoliba AC de Bamako in the first leg of the 1/8 stage before they host the Malians in Accra.

The winner of that encounter will qualify into the group stage (money zone) of the competition.

In a related development, players of Accra Hearts of Oak have received $200 each for qualifying to the second round of the CAF Confederations Cup, reports Ghanasportsonline.com .

According to a report, the playing body last Sunday were rewarded with the said amount at the Club’s secretariat in Accra on their arrival from Senegal.

Hearts managed to edge past Olympique de Ngor 5-3 on aggregate to qualify for the second round of the CAF Inter-Club competition.

The Ghanaian giants recorded a 3-2 victory over their Senegalese counterparts in the second leg played at the Stade Carolina Faye on Saturday to set up a clash with Djoliba Club of Mali in the next round of the competition.

The money will however serve as a huge motivation to the team ahead of their subsequent matches in Africa.

Hearts now shift their attention to the MTN FA Cup and the First Capital plus Premier League .

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