Ashanti Gold S.C.

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AshantiGold
AshGold logo
Full name Ashanti Gold Sporting Club
Nickname(s) AshGold,[1] Miners
Founded 1978 [1]
Ground Len Clay Stadium
Obuasi, Ashanti
Ground Capacity 30,000
Owner Emperor Asantehene Osei Tutu II
Chairman Kudjoe Fiano
Manager Bashir Hayford
League First Capital Plus Bank Premier League
2014–15 1st Champions
Website Club home page
Current season

Ashanti Gold Sporting Club popularly known as AshGold is a Ghanaian football team based in the gold mining town of Obuasi, south of Kumasi the capital of Ashanti Region.[1] The club are currently competing in the First Capital Plus Bank Premier League.

Founding years[edit]

The clubs' former crest.

Ashanti Gold SC was founded in 1978 by a group of employees of the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation under the name of Goldfields Sporting Club famously known as Obuasi Goldfields.[1] 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 the club finished as runner-up in the MTN FA Cup. The management took notice and, through their leading shareholder Lonrho, arranged funding and sent a English 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 First Capital Plus Bank Premier League the 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 English manager. 2004 Obuasi Goldfields Sporting Club Ltd. were renamed AshantiGold Sporting Club Ltd. on April 16 due to AshantiGold Sporting Club's former owners Ashanti Goldfields Corporation.

Years of success[edit]

That next season, AshGold finished third in the division after only Ashanti powerhouses Asante Kotoko. 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.

Pan-African Cups[edit]

The AshGold has competed in three competitions representing Ashanti. 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.

Recent years[edit]

Ashanti Gold SC has never matched the greatness of their three-year cup run, but have remained a top team in the First Capital Plus Bank 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.

Honours[edit]

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

National[edit]

1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2014–15
1992–93

International[edit]

Finalist: 1997

Other trophies[edit]

1995–96

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1997 – Finalist
2007 – First Round
2008 – First Round
1996 – Second Round
2011 – First Round
2001 – Quarter-finals
2002 – First Round

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player[2]
1 Ghana GK Robert Dabuo
2 Ghana FW Augustine Sefa
3 Ghana DF Bernard Morrison
4 Burkina Faso DF Henri Traoré
5 Ghana MF Joseph Ato Bissah
6 Ghana DF Shafiu Mumuni
7 Namibia MF Petrus Shitembi
8 Ghana FW Bright Donkor
9 Ghana DF Desmond Agbekpornu
10 Ivory Coast FW Didier Koré
11 Ghana DF Lawrence Lartey
12 Ghana FW Amos Addae
13 Ghana DF Kenedy Appiah (Captain)
14 Ghana DF Joshua Tijani
15 Ghana FW Eric Kwaku Opoku
16 Ghana GK Nana Bonsu
No. Position Player[2]
17 Ghana DF Kadiri Mohammed
18 Ghana FW Emmanuel Osei Carlos
19 Ghana DF Daniel Oppong
20 Ghana FW Emmanuel Baffour
21 Ghana FW Ransford Kwakye
22 Ghana GK George Apronti
23 Ghana DF Nafiu Awudu
24 Ghana MF Emmanuel Osei Baffour
25 Ghana MF Sani Ahmed Alhaji
26 Ghana MF Anthony Yerful
27 Ghana MF Francis Adjei
28 Ghana GK Fatau Dauda
29 Ghana DF Osman Basiru
30 Ghana GK Seth Afful
31 Ghana FW Yakubu Mohammed

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player[2]
51 Ghana DF Abideena Fuseini
52 Ghana MF Richard Gyamfi
53 Ghana MF Prince Domfeh
No. Position Player
54 Ghana DF Isaac Afoakwa Jnr
55 Ghana MF Isaac Afoakwa Snr

Former coaches[edit]

Farmteam[edit]

Royal Knight F.C. is a Division Two League football club based in Nsawam, Eastern region and is also operating as a reserve team for Ashanti Gold SC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ashanti Gold SC". mtnfootball.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c ashantigold-sc. "AshantiGold SC Squad". Ashanti Gold SC. 

External links[edit]