Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Hearts of Oak, Opare Addo has downplayed comments from the President of JS Saoura that Hearts of Oak used Juju to beat them.
Goals from Salifu Ibrabim and Isaac Agyenim Boateng ensured that Hearts of Oak defeated the Algerian fold JS Saoura in the first leg of the final qualifying round of the CAF Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Speaking to the Algerian press upon arrival from Ghana, President of JS Saoura, Mohamed Zerouati stated that there was a pungent smell from their dressing room, a thing he believes Hearts of Oak did to beat them.
“When we arrived and during our first training session at the stadium that will host the game, we reported a weird smell a strong, very unpleasant odor. We were promised the problem will be fixed but on match day we ran into the same problem, it’s weird,” Zerouati told the Algerian press.
“We do not know what it is but maybe is something they did to defeat us in the game,” he added.
Reacting to the comments, Opare Addo narrated that there was a fumigation in the dressing room and even Hearts of Oak faced similar issue in their dressing room.
“JS Saoura reported of a strong offensive smell in their dressing room to the match commissioner. It wasn’t Hearts of Oak that sprayed anything there. There was fumigation before the game so same strong smell was in our dressing room too,” said Opare Addo on Angel FM
The Phobians will travel to Algeria today for the return encounter which will take place at the Stade 20 Août 1955 on Sunday at 16:40 GMT.
Hearts of Oak need a win or a draw to progress to the group stages of the competition. A defeat by a one goal margin will also be enough for the Phobians.