Hearts’ Ocloo confident of Bamako turnaround

Hearts’ Ocloo confident of Bamako turnaround

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 16, 2022. 11:00

Hearts of Oak assistant coach David Ocloo has expressed confidence that his side can turn around their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Real Bamako later today.

The Ghanaian side suffered a 3-0 loss in the first leg in Mali last weekend, with the hosts securing a significant advantage thanks to goals from Chaka Sidibe, Ismael Bamba and Cheikna Diakite.

The return match is scheduled to be held late on Sunday afternoon in Accra, with the Phobians full of belief that they can get back into the tie following a midweek friendly match in which they racked up six goals.

“Scoring six goals, for sometime now we have not been scoring and getting six [in midweek] is a morale booster for Sunday’s match,” explained Ocloo, as quoted by Football Ghana.

“It was hard to take but they [real Bamako] were about to score three but we can also do the same on Sunday.

“We played more attacking football out there to try and get a point or win it but it didn’t work. But playing at home I think we have to go more direct and try to win it.”

The aggregate winners of the tie will advance into the playoff round of the CAFCC, where they will compete against a loser from the second preliminary round of the CAF Champions League for a spot in the group stage.

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