Ashanti Gold S.C.

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][2] The club are currently competing in the Ghana Premier League.[3]

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Full nameAshanti Gold Sporting Club
Nickname(s)AshGold,[1] Miners
Founded1978; 44 years ago (1978)[1]
GroundLen Clay Stadium, Obuasi
Capacity30,000
OwnerDr Kwaku Frimpong
ChairmanChampion Divine
ManagerMilovan Cirkovic
LeagueGhana Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

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][4] 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 FA Cup. The management took notice and, through their leading shareholder Lonrho, arranged funding and sent an 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 Ghana 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 successEdit

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 CupsEdit

The AshGold has competed in four competitions representing Ashanti. In 1995 they 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 yearsEdit

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.

GroundsEdit

Ashanti Gold play their home matches at Len Clay Stadium.[2]

HonoursEdit

Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)Edit

NationalEdit

1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2015
1992–93
Finalist: 1984, 2011–12

InternationalEdit

Other trophiesEdit

1995–96

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

1997 – Finalist
2007 – First Round
2008 – First Round
2016 Preliminary round
1996 – Second Round
2011 – First Round
2019 — First Round
2001 – Quarter-finals
2002 – First Round

Current squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   GHA Ibrahim Samed
4 MF   GHA Stephen Owusu Banahene
5 DF   GHA Richard Osei Agyemang
6 DF   GHA Dacosta Ampem
7 MF   GHA John Josiah Andoh
9 FW   GHA Abdul Salam
11 MF   GHA Yaw Annor
12 MF   GHA Elijah Addai
15 DF   GHA Frank Akoto
16 GK   GHA Dennis Votere
17 MF   GHA McCarthy Appiah
18 MF   GHA Joseph Amoah
19 FW   GHA Isaac Opoku Agyemang
20 DF   GHA Kwadwo Amoako
21 MF   GHA Joseph Bempah
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF   GHA Eric Esso
24 MF   GHA Amos Kofi Nkrumah
25 MF   GHA Eric Esso
26 DF   GHA Ali Mohammed
28 FW   GHA Mark Agyekum
29 MF   GHA Dauda Seidu
30 FW   GHA Daniel Koomson
31 MF   GHA Matthew Agama
33 FW   GHA Seth Osei
36 MF   GHA Emmanuel Bonsu
37 FW   GHA Brokelyn Gordon
38 MF   GHA Paul Asare
39 MF   GHA Stephen Nyarko
40 GK   GHA Kofi Mensah

As of December 2020 [5]

Former notable playersEdit

Former coachesEdit

Farm teamEdit

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. The club is currently not in operation.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Ashanti Gold SC". mtnfootball.com. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Ghana - Ashanti Gold Sporting Club - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  3. ^ "Ashanti Gold SC - Soccer - Team Profile - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics - Global Sports Archive". globalsportsarchive.com. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  4. ^ Online, Peace FM. "Former GFA Chairman Lauds Stringent Sanctions Taken Against Ashantigold, Inter Allies". Peacefmonline.com - Ghana news. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  5. ^ "The ultimate 18-team Ghana Premier League season guide 2020/21 - MyJoyOnline.com". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  6. ^ Agency, Ghana News (2020-11-02). "Ghana Premier League side Ashgold names Milovan Cirkovic as Head Coach". News Ghana. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  7. ^ "Milovan Cirkovic set to leave AshantiGold SC - sources". GhanaSoccernet. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  8. ^ "Serbian trainer Milovan Cirkovic reveals reason for leaving Ashantigold". GhanaSoccernet. 2021-02-24. Retrieved 2021-03-02.

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