Frank Nuttall’s Hearts of Oak emerged 1 – 0 winners over Zdravko Logarusic coached Asante Kotoko in a Ghanaian Premier League match played on Sunday 19 March at Accra Sports Stadium.
The two faced off for the first time since taking over jobs with Ghanaian league giants but it was Nuttall’s men that won the bragging rights on the day.
Vincent Atinga converted a penalty that won the match, Scotsman Nuttall recording his first win against a Logarusic coached side. The two faced off twice while handling Kenyan giants Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, the first match being aborted while the second ended in a 1-1 draw.
The match however has raised a lot of complains from officiating to alleged superstitions from Hearts of Oak players; Malik Akowuah, Alex Kouassi, Inusah Musah and Samuel Akurugu all falling down for treatment.
"According to reports, Hearts had been told that Asante Kotoko would score in the opening six minutes, so the only way to avoid that was to delay the game in the early stages.
It would be recalled that Accra Hearts of Oak allegedly ensured a tear gas was fired to enable their clash against Esperance de Tunis in the CAF Chamions League final in 2000 travelled beyond 5:00pm, because they had been informed they would lose should the game finish before 5:00pm.
Hearts of Oak survived a scare in the early minutes and in the end they fought back and won 3-1 to win 5-2 on aggregate against Esperance of Tunisia," read the report on Ghanaian site Ghanasoccernet.com