Accra Hearts of Oak

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Hearts of Oak
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Basic data
Surname Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club
Seat Accra , Ghana
founding November 11, 1911
president Afede Togbe
First soccer team
Head coach Mohammed Ahmed Polo
Venue Accra Sports Stadium ,
Accra , Ghana
Places 40,000
league Ghana Premier League

The Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Limited , or Hearts of Oak SC or Hearts of Oak for short , is a football club from the Ghanaian capital Accra . It was founded on November 11, 1911 and is now the city's oldest football club. Hearts of Oak has won the Ghanaian championship a total of twenty times since 1956, making it the most successful team in the country behind arch-rivals Asante Kotoko . In 2000 the club won the CAF Champions League for the first time after losing in the final of the competition in 1977 and 1979.


The Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club was founded on November 11, 1911 as the third football club after Excelsior (1903) and Invincibles (1910) in Accra. Hearts of Oak is now the oldest remaining club in Ghana.

When the Accra Football League was created in 1922 , Hearts of Oak was a founding member. Of the 12 seasons that were played, the club finished 6 as leaders.

In the Ghana Premier League , which has existed since 1956, 20 championships have been celebrated so far and, above all, from 1997 to 2002 they have set standards with 6 championships in a row.

In August 2009, the board of directors of Accra Hearts of Oak announced that the club would go public in the first quarter of next year. The lead manager for the IPO, which finally took place in the third quarter of 2010, was Strategic African Securities Ltd. Accra Hearts of Oak is the first football club in Africa to be listed on a stock exchange. However, the IPO flopped alarmingly and plunged the club into a crisis on the 100th anniversary, which was also followed by a sporting decline.

Since the failed IPO, the eternal competitor Asante Kotoko has assumed sole supremacy in the league and replaced Hearts of Oak as the Ghanaian record champions.

bad luck

On May 9, 2001, a game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko resulted in the greatest tragedy in African football to date, with 126 fatalities. With the score of 2-1 for Hearts of Oak, supporters of Asante Kotoko began to tear the seats in the stadium from the anchorages. The police responded by using tear gas against the hooligans . Investigations showed that the gates to the field were locked, so the fans were pressed against the fence in the panic.


  • championship
    • 1956, 1958, 1962, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009
  • Ghanaian Cup
    • Winner: 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1999, 2000
    • Finalist: 1958, 1960, 1990, 1995
  • CAF Confederation Cup
    • Winner 2004
  • CAF Champions League
    • Winner: 2000
    • Finalist: 1977, 1979
  • African Super Cup
    • Winner: 2001
    • Finalist: 2004



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ C'est le moment que choisi les Président de Hearts of Oak, TOGBE Afede.  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  2. ^ Accra Hearts of Oak Share Offer - Prospectus , in: (July 2011).
  3. ^ Club History ( Memento of May 17, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) , in: , accessed on September 27, 2015.
  4. Kevin S. Fridy, Victor Brobbey: Win the match and vote for me: the politicization of Ghana's Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko football clubs * . In: The Journal of Modern African Studies . tape 47 , no. 1 , March 2009, ISSN  1469-7777 , p. 19–39 , doi : 10.1017 / S0022278X08003649 ( [accessed October 6, 2018] full text ).
  5. History on the club's homepage ( Memento from September 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  6. ^ CNN - Breaking News, Latest News and Videos. Retrieved October 6, 2018 .