Mentally sound: Hearts ready for Esperance – Muheeb Saeed

Accra Hearts of Oak are 180 minutes away from qualifying to the money zone of CAF inter-club football competition since 2006.

Standing in their way is Tunisia giants, Esperance Sportive de Tunis. The Phobians lost only one of their qualifying series matches up to this stage, and are well motivated to have a say against the side they beat to win their first continental title in 2000 according to spokesperson of the club, Muheeb Saeed.

“With regards to morale in camp ahead of the trip (to Tunis), it was tremendous; team spirit is very high,” Muheeb Saeed said.

“We’ve also really motivated the players and we’ve made them understand that all previous matches played in this competition guaranteed them the next match if they won, but this match (against Esperance) guarantees at least three matches in the group stages if they win so the stakes are higher.

“And the boys really wanting to remain in the competition and show their talent and sell themselves further; the team is poised to remain in the competition by winning the tie,” he added.

Coach Herbert Addo named 18-man contingent for the all important clash and Muheeb Saeed said he promised the board the players called to duty are the best to deliver the goods on Sunday.

“The coach is very much in control and he has given us the assurance that these are the players that he believes will be able to deliver.”

Hearts of Oak will have skipper Robin Gnagne back after he missed their last game against Djoliba due to suspension.

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