By Anwar U. Larry from the Sogakope Red Bull Arena

Accra Hearts of Oak suffered their heaviest defeat of the 2016/17 season by succumbing to a 5-0 harrowing defeat to Wafa on Sunday.

Two first half goals from Majeed Ashimeeru and Abdul Wahab Ibrahim put the hosts in the driving seat. 

Daniel Lomotey helped himself to a brace in a space of 11 minutes sandwiched by a header from Ibrahim Abukari to compound the misery of the Phobians. 

Leonard Tawiah received his marching orders in the 70th minute after picking a second yellow. 

It confirmed a difficult and bad day at office for the Phobians who still maintained third spot on the league log despite the defeat. 

The game promised to be an entertaining affair with coach Frank Nuttall making two changes to the side that drew with Liberty in the last game. 

Malik Akowuah returned to the starting XI together with Robin Gnange, who was handed his first start since the match-day 1 game with Inter Allies, taking the place of Samuel Yeboah and the suspended Richard Akrofi respectively.

An impeccable minute of silence was observed in memory of fallen soldier Captain Maxwell Mahama whose life was tragically cut short last week. 

As expected, the visitors did not make things easy for us, pressing the Phobians high up the pitch and settling into their possession based rhythm. 

Hearts weathered the storm and looked nailed on to open the scoring after Winful Cobbinah released Patrick Razak but the winger dragged wide.

The hosts took over the game again and it was no less than they deserved when Ashimeeru broke the deadlock with a pile-driver from 30 yards that swerved and flew past Samuel Akurugu's hapless reach.

Hearts reacted well after going behind, pushing high up in search of the equalizer, but they were dealt a heavy blow when Wafa broke through the visitors defense with left-back Ibrahim Wahab stabbing home past Akurugu at the near post. 

After the break, Hearts once again looked like they had matters under control but the game soon got of their hands with WAFA running rout in a space of 11 minutes.

Lomotey extended WAFA's lead in the 50th minute before Abukari headed home from close range after Hearts failed to clear a corner.

Less than 60 seconds later, Ashimeeru sent Lomotey running through on goal and the WAFA striker admirably and cheekily chipped the ball over Akurugu to make it FIVE in 61 minutes for the hosts.

Coach Nuttall threw on Alex Kouami and Paul Acquah to stymie the rout but the harm had already been done.

Midfielder Leonard Tawiah picked up a second booking to leave the Phobians with 10-men for the closing stages of the game. 

It was just a bad day at the office for the Phobians who would have to react in equal measure against Bolga AllStars on Friday.

HEARTS XI vs WAFA: Samuel Akurugu, Fatawu Mohammed, Kassenu Ghandy, Vincent Atingah, Robin Gnagne, Leonard Tawiah, Patrick Razak, Malik Akowuah, Kwame Kizito (67 Alex Kouami), Winful Cobbinah (67 Paul Acquah), Thomas Abbey (c).

Booked: Leonard Tawiah (36,79)

Unused substitutes: Benjamin Mensah, Daniel Kodie, Robert Addo, Joshua Otoo, Cosmos Dauda.

WAFA XI vs HEARTS: Razak Abalora, Caleb Amankwa, Wahab Ibrahim, Razak Abukari, Nuhu Musah, Gideon Waja (c), Emmanuel Boateng, (90 Adam Inusah), Prince Obeng, Daniel Lomotey (82 Richard Danso), Majeed Ashimeeru, Richmond Lamptey (85 Jamal Haruna). 

Booked: Prince Obeng Ampem (47)

Unused substitutes: Stephen Boye, Umar Bashiru, Justice Aaron, Theophilus Jackson.