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CAF Champions League: Wydad wallop Hearts of Oak to make it to group stage, Ghanaian champions drop to Confederation Cup

Published on: 24 October 2021

Moroccan giants Wydad AC handed Ghana champions Hearts of Oak a humiliation to eliminate them from the CAF Champions League.

Wydad thrashed the Phobians 6-1 at the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca on Sunday in the 2nd leg of the First Round of the competition.

Hearts were 1-0 victors in the 1st leg encounter last week at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The hosts had their head coach Walid Regragui back at the dugout after missing the 1st leg due to COVID-19.

Regragui made only alteration the squad that faced the Phobians last week with youngster Mounsef Chrachem replacing injured Zouhair El Moutaradji.

Hearts head coach Samuel Boadu made two changes to the starting lineup that beat the Moroccans last week in Accra.

Caleb Amankwah came to replace Frederick Ansah Botchway in midfield while William Dankyi took the place of Congolese international Raddy Ovouka Hokemba.

The Wydadis took an early lead in the 5th minute through Tanzania international striker Saimon HappyGod Msuva from close range.

Midfielder Ayman El Hassouni doubled the advantage for the hosts three minutes later with a slick free-kick goal.

Central defender Achraf Dari increased the lead in the 20th minute before Yahya Jabrane converted a penalty kick in the 36th minute to add another goal.

Right back Ayoub El Amloud scored just two minutes after the break to increase the tally for the Wydadis.

Msuva scored again in the 61st minute before the Phobians pulled one back through substitute Patrick Razak six minutes from full-time.

Wydad make it to the group stage whereas Hearts drop to the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.

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