Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.

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Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.
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Full nameAccra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Phobia
Founded11 November 1911
GroundAccra Sports Stadium
Capacity40,000
chairmanTogbe (King) Afede XIV
ManagerKim Grant [1]
LeagueGhana Premier League
WebsiteClub website

Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club, commonly referred to as Hearts of Oak or just Hearts is a professional sports club based in Accra ( Greater Accra ) Ghana . The club competes in the Ghana Premier League, the first division on the Ghanaian football pyramid. Hearts has won the Premier League twenty times, the FA cup a record ten times, the President’s Cup twice, and the CAF African Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup each once. Hearts is Ghana's most decorated club on the African continent, and most successful Ghanaian club of all-time, considering trophies won in pre-independence Ghana. It is Ghana's most followed sports club on social media as well.

History[edit]

The club was founded on 11 November 1911.[2] 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.[3] In 1956, Hearts joined the Ghanaian football league and have flourished since.[4]

In the year 2000, Hearts of Oak won the Ghana FA cup, the Ghana Premier League and for the first time in their history the CAF Champions League.[5] This was the most successful year in the Clubs' history.

On May 9, 2001, 127 people died in Africa's worst footballing disaster. During a match between rivals, 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. The match was officiated by referee J.Wilson Sey,[6] 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 the stadium was not up to FIFA standards. The rush to escape the tear gas was a contributory factor to the death toll. A commission inquiry, indicted six police officers in its initial report, but they were not convicted as it was deemed that the deaths could have been caused by the stampede instead of the tear gas.[7][8]

Grounds[edit]

Accra Hearts of Oak play home matches at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Accra Sports Stadium is currently under construction and holds an estimated 40,000 seats. the 1980's, the Pobiman Training Ground was only put to use in the summer of 2018. Construction for an expansion of the 19 acre site in the Pobiman neighborhood, is currently in the planning stages way. The club plans to build a state-of-the-art facility.

Rivalries[edit]

Accra Hearts of Oak's longest established rivalry is with Asante Kotoko S.C.

Honours[edit]

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

Domestic[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)

International[edit]

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

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 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
12 Ghana MF Thomas Abbey
13 Ghana Kwame Kizito
14 Ghana Cosmos Dauda
15 Ghana DF Richard Akrofi
17 Ghana Frank Agbana
18 Ghana MF Isaac Mensah
No. Position Player
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

Managers (Since 1991)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://phobians.com/singlenews.php?id=326
  2. ^ "Hearts of Oak Sporting Club". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Hearts of Oak – Der Herzschlag Ghanas". De.fifa.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  4. ^ "Hearts of Oak – Der Herzschlag Ghanas". De.fifa.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  5. ^ "2004 CAF Clubs Competition Match Reports in Phobia History Forum". Yuku. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  6. ^ "'May 9 Disaster' referee says GPL officials are not bold". Yen.com.gh - Ghana news. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  7. ^ "Ghana tragedy: Police to blame". BBC. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Fifteen Years After Africa's Deadliest Stadium Disaster, Not Much Has Changed". Sports. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  9. ^ "Hearts Mutually Terminate Contract With David Duncan". Accra Hearts of Oak. 8 November 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  10. ^ Sheikh Tophic Sienu (17 January 2016). "Mohammed Polo can only return to Hearts as a technical director". Ghana Soccernet. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  11. ^ http://phobians.com/singlenews.php?id=326
  12. ^ http://phobians.com/singlenews.php?id=326

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