Ashanti Gold SC
|Full name||Ashanti Gold Sporting Club|
|Ground||Len Clay Stadium
Obuasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana
|League||Glo Premier League|
AshantiGold Sporting Club popularly known as AshGold is a football club based in the prestigious gold mining town of Obuasi, south of Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The club are currently competing in the Glo Premier League.
Ashanti Gold SC was founded in 1978 by a group of employees of the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation. The employees pleaded with management of AGC to sponsor the team, but they were always refused. The employees continued to pay the salaries and costs for the team and in the 1984 season AshGold finished as runner-up in the Ghanaian FA Cup. The management took notice and, through their leading shareholder Lonrho, arranged funding and sent a British manager to help the fledgling team. Still, no senior management was brought in to run the club. Because of their success in the FA cup, the team was promoted to Ghana's most elite football division. For almost a decade the team struggled due to disorganization, until 1993 when a company official at AGC revamped the club and brought in another British manager. 2004 Obuasi Goldfields Sporting Club Ltd. were renamed AshantiGold Sporting Club Ltd. on April 16 due to new owners Anglogold Ashanti.
Years of success
That next season, AshGold finished third in the division after only Ghanaian powerhouses Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club. The next year a 13-man Board of Directors was established and AshGold won the league. Over the next two years, AshGold won the league again.
The AshGold has competed in three competitions representing Ghana. In 1995 the reached the quarter-finals in the African Champions League and in 1996 only into the final 16. In 1997 they were the runners up of the African Champions League.
Ashanti Gold SC has never matched the greatness of their three year cup run, but have remained a top team in the Ghana Telecom Premier League. They continue to produce excellent footballers who have played throughout Europe. AshGold goalkeeper George Owu, joined the Black Stars in their quest for the FIFA 2006 World Cup, but did not appear in a game.
Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)
- 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96
- CAF Champions League: Runners-Up
- Finalist: 1997
Performance in CAF competitions
- CAF Champions League: 3 appearances
- African Cup of Champions Clubs: 1 appearance
- 1996 - Second Round
- CAF Confederation Cup: 1 appearance
- 2011 - First Round
- CAF Cup: 2 appearances
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Mohammed Gargo
- Momcilo "Momo" Medić
- Hans van der Pluijm (July 1, 2000–June 30, 2002), (July 1, 2004–Oct 5, 2005)
- Sam Arday (Oct 31, 2004–May 31, 2005)
- David Duncan (July 1, 2005–June 30, 2008)
- Zdravko Logarušić (July 1, 2010–Dec 15, 2011)
- Joachim Yaw (Dec 15, 2011–Dec 18, 2012)
- Bashir Hayford (Feb 13, 2012–)
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