Accra Hearts of Oak campaign CAF’s elite competition has ended on a sour note a humiliating defeat to Wydad Athletic Club of Morroco.
The Ghanaian champions who went into the fixture with a one-goal advantage following the victory in Accra last week were given a reality check just under 10 minutes into the match.
Simon Happygod Msuva opened the scoring for the Morrocan side with a goal in the 5th-minute and that opened the floodgates for more to follow. Aymane El Hassouni added the second for the Morrocans in the 8th-minute as the Emperor took a commanding lead.
Achraf Dari added a third for Wydad on the 20th-minute mark to leave the Ghanaian side chasing shadows. That was not all in the half as Yahya Jabrane added the fourth from the penalty spot to make it 4-0 with only 36 minutes played.
Straight from the break, the Morrocans still had their taste for goals and went searching for more but the Phobians were still chasing shadows and their horror set-piece defending in the game came haunting them again with Ayoub El Amloud also getting his name on the scoresheet courtesy of a set-piece incident.
The Emperor rounded up their scoring with another goal for Msuva who had opened the scoring for them. He was played through on goal and Hearts defenders thought the offside flag would save them but it stayed down and Msuva slotted in his goal to complete his brace.
Substitute Patrick Razak netted a late consolation for the Phobians in the 84th-minute but that was a little too late to inspire a comeback fight for the Phobians who were already knocked out even before the first half ended per their performance.
Richard Attah, however, made some good saves to keep the scoreline a little less embarrassing, the absence of those saves would have been harrowing for the Ghanaian giants.
Samuel Boadu’s men will now look to make amends in the second-tier competition, the Confederation Cup.