Flashback! Hearts vs Esperance in 2000

Ghanaian giants, Accra Hearts of Oak are in Tunisia for a 2015 CAF Confederations Cup first leg tie against Esperance du Tunis this weekend.

The clash revokes memories of the Ghanaian giants unbelievable comeback 2-1 victory against the same opposition at the same venue back in the 2000 CAF Champions League final on the way to win their one and only continental trophy on a comprehensive 5-2 aggregate.

The Phobians had failed twice in the grand finale of the most prestigious African clubs competition in 1977 and 1979 under the chairmanship of Tommy Thompson, who coined the term Continental Club Masters (CCM) to propel the team to the Africa club championship.

However, they had to wait until the 21st century under the leadership of Harry Zakkour as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Ato Ahwoi as Board Chairman, with  the just deceased Jones Cecil Attoquayefio as the coach, to accomplish the vision of Tommy Thompson in the 1970’s, by becoming the true Continental Club Masters.

In the 2000 tournament, Hearts went unbeaten throughout the group stage and met Esperance in the final. The first leg was played on  December 2, 2000 in Tunis and Hearts of Oak beat Esperance at their own backyard with 10 men, after Amankwa Mireku was sent off in the 63rd minute.

The Tunisian side drew the first blood in the 36th minute, before Ishmael Addo and Osei Kuffour’s 52nd and 79th minute goals respectively overturned the scoreline in favour of the Phobians.

Luckily for Allsports.com.gh readers, we have video highlights of Hearts of Oak’s amazing win for you in the video above.

Enjoy viewing.