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February 6, 2020

On the 6th of February 1969, were held to a 2-2 drawn game by a Pele-led Santos FC of in an international friendly at the .

Striker Abeka Ankrah opened the scoring in the 27th minute of the game however Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pelé struck to pull the guests' level before the break.

Not in the temperament to be beaten, Ghana's own “Pele” Amusa Gbadamoshie, reestablished Hearts' lead in the subsequent half, however, midfielder Edu earned the incomparable Brazilian side a meriting draw.

Accra Hearts of Oak won hearts

were denied a piece of history by Referee George Lamptey and his assistant, who flagged wrongly for offside when George “” Alhassan had prodded home to make it 3-2.

Despite the draw, Accra Hearts of Oak still wrote their names in the history books by holding the giants, Santos FC from Brazil to a drawn game.

Santos FC

Santos FC had gone on a tour of Africa in 1969, led by the player, who would become one of the greatest ever to play the beautiful game, Pele.

Accra Hearts of Oak were in their 8th year without the league title when they welcomed the mighty Brazilian side, Santos FC which had dominated the Brazilian league, winning the title five consecutive years, and even became the first side to complete a quadruple.

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