Sports News of Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak suffered a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Ghana U23 side – The Black Meteors – in a friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
A second half strike by Nzema Kotoko striker Akesse Akesse was enough to give the Black Meteors the win over the Phobians.
The first chance of the day fell to Kofi Kordzie who had goalkeeper Ayi at his mercy but his shot was blocked by stopper.
The Meteors came threatening the Hearts of Oak goal area but Akesse Akesse’s attempt was not good enough.
Aminu Alhassan escaped a booking after he cynically brought down Caleb Amankwah moments after Akesse’s goal attempt.
The first half of the game ended barren with both sides being resolute at the back.
Hearts of Oak returned from the break looking more purposeful and determined to break the deadlock.
Akesse Akesse capitalized on a loose ball in the midfield, turned round goalkeeper Ben Mensah beautifully and knocked the ball home to break the deadlock.
Akesse Akesse was pulled out of the game for Kwame Poku few minutes after breaking the virginity of the game.
Both teams made wholesale changes to their sides in the preparatory clash as Hearts looked for the equalizer.
Few minutes to end the game, Kwadwo Obeng Jnr. was put through by Aminu Alhassan but the striker failed to tap in to grab the equalizer to the disappointment of many Phobians.
Kofi Kordzie forced a free kick for the Phobians right in front of the Meteors penalty box as many Phobians chanted for the equalizer but Aminu’s kick went straight into the human wall.
The Black Meteors are preparing for the final qualifier of the U23 AFCON with Algeria while Hearts of Oak are shaping up for the President Cup clash with Asante Kotoko.