Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.

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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 Premier division on the Ghanaian football pyramid. The Ohene Djan Sports Stadium (former Accra Sports Stadium) is their home grounds where they play their home games. 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 of Oak was also ranked 8th football club in the world in the year 2000 when the club dominated most of the continent sporting activities.

Hearts of Oak
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Full nameAccra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Phobia
Founded11 November 1911; 109 years ago (1911-11-11)
GroundAccra Sports Stadium
Capacity40,000
ChairmanTogbe (King) Afede XIV
CoachSamuel Boadu
LeagueGhana Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

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]

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.[3] This was the most successful year in the Clubs' history.[4] The team was led by club Joseph Ansah.[5]

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]

GroundsEdit

 
Ohene Djan stadium, Accra

Accra Hearts of Oak play home matches at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Accra Sports Stadium formerly known as Ohene Djan Sports Stadium is currently under construction and holds an estimated 40,000 seats. Although purchased in the 1980s, 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.

RivalriesEdit

Accra Hearts of Oak's longest established rivalry is with Asante Kotoko S.C. and their city rivals Accra Great Olympics FC.

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 12 March 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   GHA Benjamin Nana Yeboah
2 DF   GHA Fatawu Mohammed (captain)
3 FW   GHA Victor Aidoo
4 DF   GHA Franklin Owusu
5 MF   GHA Frederick Ansah Botchway
6 DF   GHA William Dankyi
7 MF   NIG Abdourahmane Mamane
8 MF   GHA Benjamin Afutu
9 FW   GHA Abednego Tetteh
10 MF   GHA Emmanuel Nettey
11 MF   GHA Michelle Sarpong
12 MF   GHA Dominic Eshun
13 MF   GHA Kwadwo Obeng Junior
14 DF   GHA Robert Addo Sowah
15 DF   GHA Mohammed Alhassan
16 GK   GHA Ben Mensah
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   GHA Patrick Razak
18 MF   GHA Daniel Barnie Afriyie
19 FW   GHA Salifu Ibrahim
20 FW   CIV Eric Dizan
21 FW   GHA Isaac Mensah
22 GK   GHA Richmond Ayi
23 DF   GHA Nuru Sulley
24 MF   GHA Nurudeen Abdul-Aziz
25 DF   GHA Larry Sumaila
26 DF   CGO Raddy Ovouka Machel
27 MF   GHA Abdul Manaf Umar
28 MF   GHA Enoch Addo
29 DF   GHA James Sewornu
30 GK   GHA Richard Attah
31 DF   GHA Caleb Amankwah
MF   GHA Aminu Alhassan

[9][10] Reference as of 12 March 2021

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   GHA Richard Baidoo

HonorsEdit

Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)Edit

DomesticEdit

  • Ghana Premier League
    • Champions (20): 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
  • Ghanaian FA Cup
    • Winners (10): 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1990 (After winning a protest that declared them winners), 1993–94, 1995–96, 1999, 2000
  • Ghana Super Cup
    • Winners: 1997, 1998

InternationalEdit

See also CAF Clubs of the 20th Century

Notable playersEdit

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

Managers (Since 1991)Edit

SeasonsEdit

2020–21 Accra Hearts of Oak S.C. season

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hearts of Oak Sporting Club". Soccerway. Perform. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Hearts of Oak – Der Herzschlag Ghanas". De.fifa.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  3. ^ "2004 CAF Clubs Competition Match Reports in Phobia History Forum". Yuku. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Five major trophies Hearts of Oak have won since being founded 108 years ago". Citi Sports Online. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Former Hearts of Oak captain Ansah slams team | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  6. ^ "'May 9 Disaster' referee says GPL officials are not bold". Yen.com.gh - Ghana news. Archived from the original on 28 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Ghana tragedy: Police to blame". BBC. 29 July 2001. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Fifteen Years After Africa's Deadliest Stadium Disaster, Not Much Has Changed". Sports. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 11 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Full list: Hearts of Oak squad for 2020/21 season". Ghana Sports Online. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Hearts of Oak announce signing of Eleven Wonders star Salifu Ibrahim". GhanaSoccernet. 27 February 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  11. ^ "CAF Ranking of African Clubs". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Hearts Mutually Terminate Contract With David Duncan". Accra Hearts of Oak. 8 November 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  13. ^ Sheikh Tophic Sienu (17 January 2016). "Mohammed Polo can only return to Hearts as a technical director". Ghana Soccernet. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Official: Hearts of Oak sack coach Kim Grant". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Edward Nii Odoom takes over as new Hearts of Oak head coach". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Confirmed: Kosta Papic named new head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak". Graphic Online. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  19. ^ "Official: Hearts of Oak appoint Kosta Papic as the new head coach". www.ghanaweb.com. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Samuel Boadu: Hearts of Oak appoint former Medeama boss as new coach - MyJoyOnline.com". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2 March 2021.

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