FT: Hearts 2-0 Kamsar: Kodzi & Salim send Phobians closer to Champions League group stage

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The Phobians are just one step away from making it to the group stage of the Caf Champions League after the win over their Guinean opponents

Hearts of Oak defeated Guinean club CI Kamsar 2-0 in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Hearts presented a strong starting line which and that worked the magic for them despite initially wobbling.

Goalkeeper Richard Attah was selected over Ben Mensah and Richmond Ayi while captain Abdul Fatawu Mohammed, Raddy Ovouka, Robert Addo Sowah and Mohammed Alhassan made up the back four.

Boadu deployed two defensive midfielders in the shape of Caleb Amankwah and Frederick Ansah Botchway while Emmanuel Nettey, and Salifu Ibrahim played the offensive role.

Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and Isaac Mensah led the attack.

Two late goals from substitutes Kofi Kodzi and Salim Adams changed the story after a difficult start for the Phobians.

Hearts of Oak players receiving advise from coaches

After a pulsating opening ten minutes, Hearts exerted themselves on their opponents and began to cause troubles.

Hearts appealed for a penalty by the 28th minute but rppeferee Patrick Tanguy J. Philippe Vlei from Cote D’Ivoire did not want to have any of that.

The Phobians scored two goals in each half of the game but they were ruled out by the referee.

Hearts finally took the lead by the 83rd minute through a Kofi Kodzi’s free-kick. The striker calmly bent his effort above the human wall and beyond the Kamsar goalkeeper’s reach.

Deep in additional time, Samuel Boadu made two changes with Salim Adams coming on Caleb Amankwah while William Dankyi also replaced Salifu.

Youngester Adams scored the goal for Hearts to cushion and send them to the next stage of the competition.

Hearts will now face Wydad Athletic Club from Morocco in the next round of the competition.

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