Head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak, Kim Grant has commended his charges for their exceptional performance in the semi-final of the Normalisation Committee Special Competition despite the defeat to Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
The Porcupine Warriors sealed a historic qualification to the final after beating the Phobians 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time.
Kotoko took the lead in five minutes after a fine finish by Abdul Fatawu Safiu who slotted home from close range through a back heel pass from Guinean player Naby Keita.
The Phobians forced the game to penalties after Christopher Bonney converted from the spot. Kotoko won the resultant penalty kicks 5-4 sending them to the final where they will face Karela United.
Speaking in a post-match interview, Coach Grant said: “We totally dominated and controlled the game. What I would like to say is I’m so proud of the boys because I couldn’t ask for anything better from them. They kept on going. We controlled the game from the second half and I tried to make changes to keep the momentum going to put them (Kotoko) on the back foot.”
“We had one penalty disallowed and we got a second. That never say die attitude was what I was looking for and the intensity. The first 15 minutes we were a little bit nervous but as soon as they scored the goal we got back into the game. Overall, I’m very proud of this team,” he added.
Hearts who have also been knocked out of the Tier 2 competition will now continue their rebuilding process for next season.