The Flying Antelopes have a lot of work to do if they want to excel in their continental campaign after losing two matches in the just concluded invitational tournament in Ghana
DR Congo giants TP Mazembe beat Enugu Rangers 2-0 in Accra on Monday to win the 2013 Ghana President's Cup bronze medal in a game played at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The win by the former Caf Champions League winners ensured that Nigeria's Caf Confederation Cup hopeful would be returning home empty handed after losing twice in as many matches.
Ghanaian midfielder Gladson Awako opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a fine finish. Hichani Himonde added the second in the second half with a powerful header off a free-kick.
The Ravens and Rangers were playing the tournament as the two foreign clubs.
The 2013 edition is the first time four clubs will be playing to mark Ghana's Republic Day celebrations.
Despite the introduction of two foreign teams to spice up this year’s edition of the President’s Cup which is used to mark the gaining of Republican status by Ghana, two Ghanaian sides Accra Hearts of Oak and Medeama SC played the final match after overcoming the opposition posed by TP Mazembe and Enugu Rangers.
The semi-finals of the Challenge were honoured on Friday with Hearts of Oak eliminating TP Mazembe after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time in Accra. The Phobians sailed through after a dramatic 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over the Congolese giants.
Winger Thomas Abbey after missing a glaring chance in a Hearts of Oak dominated first half, made amends in the second by tapping into the net from an inviting cross from youngster Ashittey Ollenu in the 69th minute.
The lead was however short-lived by Eric Bokanga with a shot from distance six minutes later. Bokanga blasted his sweet shot into the roof of the net in a crowded penalty area, after he was left unchecked on the edge of the box six minutes later.
The game went to penalties and the home team triumphed to book a passage to the final
In the other semi-finals clash at the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi, Medeama SC beat Enugu Rangers 2-1 with the goals from Victor Ayire (17th minute) and Godbless Asamoah (66th minute). The Nigerians pulled a goal back courtesy of Azuduko Ugochukwu in the 87th minute.