Forward Isaac Mensah scored in the first half as Hearts of Oak picked up an important 1-0 victory over Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the CAF Champions League play-off in Accra on Sunday.
Mensah controlled a clever delivery by midfielder Ibrahim Salifu into the net for the only goal of the tight contest at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Moroccan champions managed to put the ball in the net in the final minutes, but the goal was correctly chalked off for offside.
Hearts of Oak fans were seen hooting at the referee Helder Martins Rodrigues De Carvalho at the end of the game. A clear indication that they weren’t happy with officiating by the Angolan.
The official mostly ruled against the Phobians on 50-50 balls in the second half.
With the result, any kind of draw in the second leg will be enough to take Hearts of Oak through to the group stage for the first time since 2006.
The match will be played on Sunday, October 24 in Casablanca.