Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.

For other uses, see Hearts of Oak (disambiguation).
Hearts of Oak
Full name Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Continental Club Masters Phobia Never Say Die Until The Bones Are Rotten
Founded 11th November 1911
Ground Accra Sports Stadium
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Togbe (King) Afede XIV
Manager Yaw Preko
League Ghana Premier League
2016 3rd
Website Club home page

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. The club is competing in the Ghana Premier League.


Early years

The club were 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]


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]


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


Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)


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


Runners-up: 1977, 1979
Runners-up: 2005


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
1 Ghana GK Seidu Muntawakilu
2 Ghana DF Fatawu Mohammed
3 Ghana MF Mustapha Essuman
4 Ghana DF Isaac Oduro
5 Ghana MF Ollenu Ashittey
6 Ghana MF Leonard Tawiah
7 Ghana Kenneth Okoro
8 Ghana MF Samuuden Ibrahim
9 Ghana MF Eric Kumi
10 Togo Komi Foovi Aguidi
11 Ghana Sam Yeboah
12 Ghana MF Thomas Abbey
13 Ghana Kwame Kizito
14 Ghana Cosmos Dauda
15 Ghana DF Richard Akrofi
No. Position Player
16 Benin GK Soulama Abdoulaye
17 Ghana Musah Ibrahim
18 Ghana MF Isaac Mensah
19 Ghana Selasi Adjei
20 Ghana DF Joseph Owusu Bempah
21 Ghana DF Vincent Atinga
22 Ghana GK Gbeti Sylvanus Evans
23 Ghana MF Paul Acquah
24 Ghana MF Emmanuel Sabahn Laryea
25 Ghana DF Musah Inusah
26 Ghana DF Isaac Baadu
27 Ivory Coast DF Robin Gnagne
28 Ghana GK Samuel Akurugu
29 Ghana DF Kennedy Appiah
30 Ghana MF Richard Yamoah

Notable players

For all former players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Accra Hearts of Oak SC players



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

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