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Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.
Full name Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Continental Club Masters Phobia Never Say Die Until The Bones Are Rotten
Founded 11th November 1911
Ground Accra Sports Stadium
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Togbe (King) Afede XIV
Manager Frank Elliot Nuttal
League Ghana Premier League
Website Club home page

Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club, commonly referred to as Hearts of Oak or Phobia. Hearts of Oak S.C is a professional sports club based in Accra ( Greater Accra ) Ghana . The club is competing in the Ghana Premier League.


Early years[edit]

The club was founded on 11 November 1911.[1]

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.[2]


Hearts of Oak S.C 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.The match was officiated by referee J.Wilson Sey,[3] from Cape Coast. 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.[4]


In 2000 they won the Ghana FA cup, the Ghana Premier League and the CAF Champions League.[5]


Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)[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. (20 titles)
1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1990 (After winning a protest that declared them winners), 1993–94, 1995–96, 1999, 2000. (10 titles)
1997, 1998. (2 titles)


2004 (won)
2000 (won)
Runners-up: 1977, 1979
2001 (won)
Runners-up: 2005


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 Ben Mensah
2 Ghana DF Fatawu Mohammed
5 Ghana MF Malik Akowah
7 Ghana Anthony Nimo
8 Ghana MF Samuuden Ibrahim
9 Ghana MF Bright Lukman
10 Ivory Coast Alexandre kouasi
11 Ghana Sam Yeboah
12 Ghana MF Thomas Abbey
13 Ghana Kwame Kizito
14 Ghana Cosmos Dauda
15 Ghana DF Richard Akrofi
No. Position Player
17 Ghana Frank Agbana
18 Ghana MF Isaac Mensah
19 Ghana Patrick Razak
20 Ghana DF Joshua Otoo
21 Ghana DF Vincent Atinga
22 Ghana GK Gbeti Sylvanus Evans
23 Ghana MF Paul Acquah
24 Ghana MF S. Kodie
25 Ghana DF Musah Inusah
26 Ghana DF Isaac Baadu
27 Ivory Coast DF Robin Gnagne
28 Ghana GK Samuel Akurugu
29 Ghana DF Kennedy Appiah
30 Ghana MF Richard Yamoah

Notable players[edit]

For all former players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Accra Hearts of Oak S.C. players



  1. ^ "Hearts of Oak Sporting Club". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hearts of Oak – Der Herzschlag Ghanas". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ "'May 9 Disaster' referee says GPL officials are not bold". - Ghana news. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Ghana tragedy: Police to blame". BBC. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "2004 CAF Clubs Competition Match Reports in Phobia History Forum". Yuku. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 

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