Premier league giants, Accra Hearts of Oak suffered a 2-1 defeat against Tema Youth, in what was supposed to be a normal win before their big game against historic rivals, Asante Kotoko on Sunday.
Tema Youth took the lead early in the game through Joseph Paintsil thanks to a defensive blunder from Hearts goalkeeper Bernard Mensah and held on till the end of the first 45 minutes.
After the recess, Thomas Abbey snatched the equalizer for the rainbow boys in the 48th minute, only for Ibrahim Yusif to hit home the winner for the Harbor Boys, 9 minutes away from full time.
Speaking to the press after the game, Hearts of Oak, Scottish gaffer, Frank Nuttal blamed individual errors for his side’s defeat.
“We prepared very well for the match. The players were well recovered for the game, the team’s selection was spot on, the tactics was also good but our individual mistakes made things complicated for us.”
“Mistakes are bound to happen in football but I must give credit to the players for recovering after, and we could have gotten something at the end but it’s unfortunate we leave here empty handed.”
Accra Hearts of Oak will host rivals Asante Kotoko in the first super-clash of the season at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday. Kotoko currently joint top with Aduana on the league log.