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Accra Hearts of Oak SC

Hearts of Oak
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Full name Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Continental club Masters
Founded 1911
Ground Ohene Djan Stadium
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Ground Capacity 35,000
Manager Kenichi Yatsuhashi
League Ghana Premier League
2014-15 4th
Website Club home page
For other meanings see Hearts of Oak

Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club, commonly referred to as Hearts of Oak or just Hearts, is a professional football club based in Accra, Greater Accra. The club is competing in the Ghana Premier League.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Tragedy 1.2
    • 2000s 1.3
  • Honours 2
    • Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA) 2.1
      • National 2.1.1
      • International 2.1.2
  • Players 3
    • Current first team 3.1
    • Notable players 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Early years

The club were founded in 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]

Tragedy

Hearts 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. 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.[3]

2000s

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

Honours

Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)

National

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
1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1990 (After winning a protest that declared them winners), 1993–94, 1995–96, 1999, 2000
1997, 1998

International

2004
2000
Runners-up: 1977, 1979
2001
Runners-up: 2005

Players

Current first team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 MF Abdul Mohammed
3 DF Shaun October
4 DF Isaac Oduro
6 DF Abdul Aziz Abankwah
7 FW Kenneth Okoro
8 MF Kofi Abanga
10 FW Foovi Aguidi
11 MF Emmanuel Hayford
12 FW Kwame Kizito
13 MF Issah Mumuni
14 MF Philip Boampong
15 DF Hamza Mohammed
16 GK Kingsley Kissi
No. Position Player
18 FW Gerald Wellington
19 FW Selasie Adjei
20 DF Joseph Bempah
22 FW Eric Kumi
23 MF Paul Acquah
24 DF Kweku Andoh
25 MF Hamza Fuseini
26 MF Leonard Tawiah
27 DF Robin Gnagne
28 GK Tetteh Lugard
30 MF Richard Yamoah
31 GK Mutawakilu Seidu
36 MF Isaac Mensah

Notable players

References

  1. ^ "Hearts of Oak Sporting Club". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hearts of Oak – Der Herzschlag Ghanas". De.fifa.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Ghana tragedy: Police to blame". BBC. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
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