Accra Hearts of Oak SC

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Hearts of Oak
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Full name Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Phobia, The Soccer Paradise
Founded 11 November 1911
Ground Ohene Djan Stadium
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Togbe Afede XIV
Manager Mohammed Polo
League Ghana Premier League
2012–13 5th
Website Club home page
Current season
For other meanings see Hearts of Oak

Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club, commonly referred to as Hearts of Oak or just Hearts, is a professional football club based in Accra, Greater Accra. The club is competing in the Ghana Premier League.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The club was formed in 1911 and was the second team to be founded in Accra after the Invincibles. They are the oldest existing club in Ghana. The club was, in the most part, trained by Ackom Duncan, who would also become the team's first captain. Other members of the fledgling club were J.T. Ankrah (father of Ghana boxing great, Roy Ankrah), and C.B. Nettey, who was later to become the chairman of the Ghana Football Association. Hearts first match would come on 11 November 1911 against the Invincible.

Hearts of Oak won their first major match in 1922 when Sir Gordon Guggisberg, governor of the Gold Coast, founded the Accra Football League. Hearts won 6 out of 12 seasons in this league. In 1956, Hearts joined the Ghanaian football league and have flourished since.[1]

Tragedy[edit]

Hearts suffered a great tragedy on 9 May 2001 when 126 people died in Africa's worst footballing disaster while watching a match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. Trouble started when supporters of Asante Kotoko began ripping out seats in an act of hooliganism in protest at a goal allowed by the referee for Hearts of Oak, which they believe should have been disallowed for offside. Police reacted by firing tear gas into the crowd, it has been suggested that this was an over-reaction. Reports suggest that the gates to the ground were locked and that the rush to escape the tear gas was a contributory factor to the death toll. A commission inquiry did not indict the hooligans in its report.[2]

2000s[edit]

In 2000 they won the Ghana FA cup, the Ghana Premier League and the CAF Champions League.[citation needed]

On February 2001, they topped off a perfect campaign with a 2:0 victory against Zamalek club of Egypt at the Kumasi Sports stadium in Ghana to win the Africa Super Cup.

Honours[edit]

Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)[edit]

National[edit]

1956, 1958, 1961/62, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1989/90, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004/05, 2006/07, 2009
1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1990 (After winning a protest that declared them winners), 1993/94, 1995/96, 1999, 2000
1997, 1998

International[edit]

2004
2000
Runners-up 1977, 1979
2001
Runners-up 2004

Players[edit]

Current first team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Ghana GK Philemon McCarthy
2 Ghana DF Nuru Sulley
3 Ghana MF Sampson Cudjoe
4 Ghana DF Emmanuel Ansong
8 Ghana MF Kofi Abanga
9 Ghana MF Winful Cobbinah
10 Ghana MF Romeo Agban
11 Ghana MF Emmanuel Hayford
12 Ghana FW Yakubu Musah
13 Ghana FW Haderu Ashitey Ollennu
14 Ghana MF Obed Ansah
No. Position Player
15 Ghana MF Moro Abubakar
17 Ghana FW Gilbert Fiamenyo
19 Ghana FW Selasi Adjei
20 Ghana MF Joseph Owusu Bempah
24 Ghana MF Thomas Arnold Arnetey Abbey
25 Ghana DF Kwaku Andoh
27 Ivory Coast DF Robin Gnagne
28 Ghana GK Lugard Tetteh
33 Ghana DF Stephen Tetteh
35 Ghana DF Abdul Aziz Abankwah
41 Ghana FW Eric Kumi

Notable players[edit]

Former head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hearts of Oak – Der Herzschlag Ghanas". De.fifa.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Ghana tragedy: Police to blame". BBC. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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