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2021/22 Caf CL: Hearts to leave for Wydad second leg Thursday

Hearts of Oak will depart Accra early Thursday for the second leg of their 2021/22 Caf Champions League group stage decider with Wydad Athletic Club.

Coach Samuel Boadu and his charges have been booked for the about 18-hour journey from the Kotoka International Airport through Dubai to Casablanca via Emirates Air. They will take off at 5:45 pm and reach their destination after midday Friday.

Wydad will host Hearts at Stade Mohamed V located in the Moroccan capital on Sunday, October 24. Kickoff is 19:00 GMT.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has decided that the match should be played behind closed doors due to the COVID situation in the North African country.

Aside from being deprived of a couple of players through injuries, Wydad were also without head coach Walid Regragui after contracting the COVID-19 virus prior to Sunday’s first leg in Accra.

The Moroccan champions lost the game 1-0.

Forward Isaac Mensah timely connected to a Salifu Ibrahim cross from the left into the 16-yard in the 41st minute to give the Phobians victory.

The aggregate winner on Sunday advances to the group stage of the Caf Champions League which will get underway in February next year.

The loser, meanwhile, still has a chance to continue continental football this season, by dropping down to feature in the group stage playoffs for the Caf Confederation Cup.

 

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