Hearts of Oak 0-1 Black Meteors: Akesse’s goal separates men from boys

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The Black Meteors took a huge step towards their ambition of qualifying to the continent’s showpiece

Ghana’s U-23 male football team defeated Hearts of Oak 1-0 in a friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

After a pulsating first-half where both teams lacked precision upfront, Nzema Kotoko striker Akesse Akesse powered Ibrahim Tanko’s side into the lead by the 63rd minute.

Although, Hearts pushed men forward in pursuit of an equaliser, Heart of Lions skipper Frank Akoto led the defence of the national side to remain resolute and recorded a clean sheet.

Black Meteors are preparing to face Algeria in the African U23 Championship double-legged qualifying match next month.

The team began their preparations on August 7 at M Planza Hotel in Accra and will be reduced to 18 players in the coming days.

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