Goalkeeeper Soulama Abdoulae made excellent saves as Accra Hearts of Oak clashed with AS police in the return leg of their CAF Confederation Cup in Benin last Saturday.
The Burkinabe goal stopper’s heroics denied the home side a spot-kick opportunity in the first half and then he made other close-shave interventions, which handed the Phobians qualification to the next stage of the competition. The match ended 0-0.
It was a one-way traffic for the coach Herbert Addo men in the first 20 minutes, probing their opponents’ half, but they failed in all their attempts to hit their target.
Coach Addo brought on Kwame Kizito, who nearly hit the back of the net in the latter stages, but the Beninois denied the substitute when a defender cleared his goal bound strike.
The barren score line pits Hearts against Senegalese opponents Olympique de Ngor – who qualified at the expense of Cameroun’s UFC du Haut Nkam on a 3-1 aggregate – at the next stage of the competition, having won the first leg 1-0 in Accra 15 days ago.
Soulama said in a post match interview that ‘we are ready for them. Any club that comes our way would be dealt with. We are happy with the results and we will go back to Ghana and prepare for out next opponents.’
In a related development, Ghana champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko will face Algerian side MC El Eulma in the next round of the CAF Champions League.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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