Former African super champions, Accra Hearts of Oak got two wins out of the two pre-season friendly matches played at the Accra stadium on Sunday.
Hearts gave their fans a Sunday fanfare which saw quite a sizeable crowd in attendance to catch a glimpse of their once darling team, the ‘Virgin cup’ (maiden CAF cup) winners and the current team.
The event saw the presence of old guard management members like Alhaji Suleiman Braimah aka Alhaji Hearts, Nii Ayi Bonte II and Stephen Akwetey.
The first game saw the main Hearts of Oak team line up against top flight Nigerian league side, Ifeanyi Ubah who they beat 2-0.
It was an impressive game which saw last season Division One League Most Valuable Player Award winner Samudeen Ibrahim start his Hearts of Oak career on a bright note by scoring the opener for them.
The 21-year-old former King Solomon midfielder powered Hearts in front with a sensational drive from just outside of the penalty area in the 34th minute.
Thomas Abbey put the game beyond the Nigerians after he brilliantly sent in a good flicker into the net in the 74 minute.
In the second game, dubbed the ‘impartation match’, Hearts of Oak beat the ‘Millenium Team’ 4-2.
Kenichi pitched his team against a combined team of former Hearts of Oak players who won the CAF Champions League, Super Cup as well as the CAF Confederations Cup.
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The motive of the match according to the organizers was to help bring back the ‘never say die’ spirit of the team in the good old days where they were feared by all in Ghana and Africa. Also it was to afford the legends of the Phobians a chance to impart some knowledge to the present crop of Hearts players.
The first of this kind of games to be organized in Ghana, saw former players like Joe Ansah, Yaw Amakwaah Mireku, Sammy Adjei, Charles Taylor, Bernard Dong Bortey, Frank Turkson, Acquah Harrison, Wisdom Abbey, Jacob Nettey, Michael Donkor, Kwame Antwi, Dan Quaye, Laud Quartey, Wisdom Agblexo, Justice Ampah, Adjebu Lawson, Eden Dida, James Nanor and a few other players in attendance.
It really was a sight to behold as nostalgic memories filled the air. Many easily reconnected to the era of the 2000 millenium CAF cup and the 2014 triumph over arch rivals Asante Kotoko in the CAF Confederation cup match.
Emanuel Agyemang Duah, Charles Allotey, and quite a few others who could not play in the match due to health reason, were still present to offer their support.
The game was played in a friendly atmosphere with both sides enjoying themselves, especially the Millenium Team who showed glimpses of their former self.
Hearts got goals through braces from Foovi Aguidi and Selasi Adjei whilst the millenium team had Wisdom Agblexo and Adjebu Lawson getting the two goals.
The likes of Dong Bortey, Charles Taylor, Sammy Adjei and Dan Quaye were a delight to watch.