Accra Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Soulama Abdulae has attributed his side’s advancement in the CAf Confederations Cup competition to hard work.
The Phobians pulled through against Beninois side AS Police in the midst of unfavourable conditions – travelling by road, bus break down and financial difficulty among other challenges.
To many, Hearts’ qualification to the next stage of the competition was out of sheer luck, considering the prevailing circumstances that greeted the club before the trip.
However, goalkeeper Soulama, in a postmatch interview, said, ‘Our qualification was not a miracle. We worked towards it. It was due to hard work and nothing else.’
Hearts, though not faring well in the domestic league – lying eleventh on the league log – proved critics wrong by making it to the next stage of the competition after a barren second leg fixture on a 1-0 aggregate.
The Phobians won the inaugural Confederations Cup competition in 2005 after defeating rivals Asante Kotoko on penalties in the grand finale.
The Herbert Addo men will next play Senegalese side Olympique de Ngor in the competition.
Meanwhile, Hearts will journey to the West to battle middle-placed Sekondi Hasaacas in the First Capital Plus Premier League this Saturday.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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