The former Caf Champions League winners are seeking to make their home advantage count as they host their Senegalese counterparts on Sunday
Accra Hearts return to continental duties as they host Senegalese side Olympique de Ngor at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday in the first leg of the second qualifying stage of the Caf Confederation Cup.
The Phobians managed a slim 1-0 victory on aggregate over AS Police of Benin in the first preliminary round of the competition despite a terrible domestic run.
After missing the Caf inter-club competitions for a couple of years, Herbert Addo’s men are bent on making a mark by reaching the group stage, albeit, a daunting task.
Just like Hearts of Oak, who have struggled this season as they lie 13th on the 16-club table in Ghana, Olympique de Ngor occupy the 10th spot on the 14-team table in Senegal.
Despite making their debut in the competition, the Senegalese side managed to survive a stern test against Unisport Bafang of Cameroon after going past them 3-2 on aggregate.
Hearts of Oak coach Herbert Addo is confident his side will sail through irrespective of their patchy run.
“I am doing my part and if the players comply, we cannot get it wrong. The supporters are expecting a win and I hope they come and witness a different attitude,” Addo told reporters.
Hearts, the maiden champions of the Caf Confederation Cup, qualified for this competition after two clubs- Inter Allies and Heart of Lions – refused to take up the opportunity on financial grounds.
The last Ghanaian team to compete in the Confederation Cup was Medeama SC, who failed to reach the money zone.