Ablade Morgan opens up on why Hearts of Oak went to Togo prior to the Confederation Cup final in 2004

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A decade and half since Accra Hearts of Oak defeated arch-rivals Asante Kotoko to win the maiden edition of the CAF Confederations cup in 2004.

Accra Hearts of Oak emerged winners of the maiden edition of the Confederation cup after they defeated arch-rivals Asante Kotoko 8-7 on penalties.

The final in either legs ended 1-1. Asante Kotoko opened the scoring in both games with the Phobians grabbing late equalizers.

After a 2-2 aggregate scoreline, penalty shootouts was needed to separate the two sides. The Phobians won 8-7.

Prior to the final, Hearts of Oak travelled to Togo for a 3 weeks camping, but according to reports, they went there to seek external help (Black magic or Juju).

However, Ablade Morgan who was a member of the team and converted his spot kick during the shootouts has deflated those claims. Stating they went there to ease tension.

“Because there were lot of tension here, we needed concentration for the two-legged finals, we moved to Togo. We did more training at the beach side. The distance from our hotel base to the beach was very short.

“One morning in Togo, we demanded for our unpaid bonuses and decided to boycott training, some wanted to come home and have time with their families because it was during Christmas. Later, we came together and everything became successful for us,” Morgan disclosed on Ashaiman TV.

Ablade Morgan featured for Hearts of Oak between 2004 to 2007. He within that time won the CAF Confederation cup and 2 league titles with the club.

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