*THE RAWLINGS FACTOR IN HEARTS OF OAK (1979 – 2000)* In 1979, Accra Hearts of Oak had played *HAIFA CLUB DE CONAKRY* and lost the first leg in Conakry. Haifa was then a top club in Africa having won the African Champions Cup(now CAF Champions League) 3 times the 1977 edition at the expense of Hearts of Oak with a lot of superstition surrounding both 2 legs final matches in Accra & Conakry respectively, which the Guinea giants won for keeps with the help of President Ahmed Seke Toure. In the second leg in Accra *AFRC chairman J J RAWLINGS* made a surprise entry to a packed capacity Accra Sports Stadium and was carried to the center to do the ceremonial kick off, with his charismatic waves all over the stadium, he inspired his childhood idol club HEARTS to beat Haifa *3-0* to qualify to the final in that year in the final and lost to Union Douala of Cameroon after a Morrocan referee awarded an 89th minutes dubious penalty to the Camerounians to level up on aggregate (1-1) and throw the game to a penalty
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