Hearts of Oak started life without Kosta Papic with a 3-2 win over Ebusua Dwarfs in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday.
Heading into the game, the Phobians’ camp had been rocked with the departure of head coach Kosta Papic, assistant coach Asare Bediako and goalkeepers’ trainer Ben Owu.
With U-15 coach Samuel Nii Noi installed in temporary charge, Hearts got off to a dream start with Victor Aidoo grabbing a quick brace with two penalties in the 7th and 19th minute before Moro Sumaila halved the deficit just before half time.
Dennis Akorsah-Akoumah then scored a 77th minute to level the game for Dwarfs and set up a pulsating end to the match.
In injury time, substitute Isaac Mensah popped up with the winner, stumping home the rebound after Umar Manaf’s effort was initially parried by the Dwarfs goalkeeper.
The win is Hearts of Oak’s first in five games and moves them to 9th on the league log while Dwarfs slip down to 12th.