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Sports Features of Friday, 27 February 2015

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Can AS Police ‘arrest’ Hearts in Benin?

Accra Hearts of Oak's domestic campaign seems to be in shambles but a different tale is expected to be scripted about Ghana football when they travel to Benin to encounter AS Police for the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday.

As forebearers who conquered the continent over a decade ago in this same competition, the Champion club is now a pale shadow of themselves barely making any significant impact in recent years, anytime they represented the country.

So miserable is Hearts’ performance lately that it has left many of the club followers in a quagmire over the team's chances in Sunday's game. And following their spectacular performance in the midweek game against Aduana Stars, the confidence could bounce back against the Beninois.

Hearts are going into this game with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg which puts most pundits in doubt whether the Phobians could come out of this battle and believe more is to be done if Hearts would progress to the next round.

AS Police, although not a stronger side, presented Phobia with a difficult opposition at the Accra Sports Stadium, and if their style of play is anything to go by, then Hearts must work extra hard to go past them.

They have planned to apply the brakes on Hearts of Oak beating them to qualify for the next stage in the competition and hope the home fans will be ready to roar behind them.

Hearts are also boosted by the return of goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye into the post and Coach Herbert Addo who has come under fire from the Hearts fans for the team’s performance is confident his presence would seal the goalkeeping challenges in the team.

With all the other players including Robin Gnagne, Ashitey Ollenu, Shaun October, Gibert Fiamenyo among others ready to bring back the smile on to the face of the Hearts faithful, they would play their hearts out to bring victory home.