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Accra Hearts of Oak: History, Club House, Trophies & Owner 

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Accra Hearts of Oak: History, Club House, Trophies & Owner

History 

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 team was founded in 1911, and remains the oldest surviving football club in Ghana and its traditional colours are red, yellow and blue. 

Hearts of Oak competes in the Ghana Premier League, the premier division of the Ghanaian football pyramid. The Accra Sports Stadium is the club’s home grounds, where the team plays its home games. 

Club House ( Pobiman Project)

Hearts Academy Club House
A sneak-peak of the Hearts of Oak Pobiman Project

The continental club masters as commonly referred to by fans of the club have their clubhouse and sporting infrastructure at Pobiman, a suburb of Accra. The Club House after its completion will house the junior side (academy players) of the club, popularly called Auroras. 

The sod-cutting ceremony of the project took place on the 11th of November, 2019 by the majority shareholder and board chairman, Togbe Afede XIV. Turkish construction firm, Prefabex Yapi Technologileri  San Ve Tlc Limited (STL) have been mandated to construct the project which includes training pitches, hostels, swimming pools and offices.

Trophies & Honours

Hearts of Oak Trophies
Hearts of Oak defender, William Dankyi poses with the Ghana Premier League and MTN FA Cup trophies following a successful 2020/21 season

Hearts have won the Premier League twenty-one times, the Ghanaian FA Cup a record twelve times, the Ghana Super Cup, a joint-record three times, the President’s Cup, five times,[5] and the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup once each.

Accra Hearts of Oak was also ranked eighth football club in the world in the year 2000 when the club dominated most of the continent’s sporting activities. Accra Hearts of Oak remains the only football club in West Africa to have won a Continental Treble; one of 6 Africa-based clubs and one of 21 football clubs worldwide to have achieved this feat. 

During the colonial period, Hearts of Oak won a combined total of eight football league trophies in the Accra Football League and the Gold Coast Club Competition, both precursors to the Ghana Premier League. In the Accra Football League, Hearts of Oak won the Guggisberg Shield donated by Sir Gordon Guggisberg, then Governor of the Gold Coast in 1922; the competition for Accra-based clubs was played on 12 occasions between 1922 and 1954.

Owner

Owner of Hearts of Oak
Togbe Afede XIV addressing the public

Hearts of Oak after its successful floatation of shares has a board of directors with Togbe Afede XIV, as Board Chair, Mr E.M Commodore-Mensah, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, Frank Nelson Nwokolo, Prof. Kofi Kumado, Ivy Heward-Mills, and Alhassan Andani, Hon. Vincent Sowah-Odetei, Alhaji Akanbi and Elvis Hesse Herman as other members of the board. However, a managing director will be appointed soon to join the board, for which the position has already been advertised.

As things stand before the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the club, Togbe Afede XIV remains the owner until any change will be effected by the AGM which is scheduled to take place later this year.

Story by: Theophilus Autridge

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GFA fines Kotoko GHC 80k for property destruction at Dr Kwame Kyei Complex

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The inquiry by the Disciplinary Committee revealed a 'breach of Article 16(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.' As a result, Asante Kotoko has been fined heavily, and the money will be given to Nations FC to compensate for the damages caused by the alleged Kotoko fans. Meanwhile, Kotoko returned to winning ways on Sunday, defeating Medeama SC at the Baba Yara Stadium due to Sherif Mohammed's penalty kick in the 60th minute.

Asante Kotoko is facing a GHC 80,000 fine from the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee for their disruptive behaviour during a match against Nations FC.

The disciplinary punishment is the result of actions that occurred during their matchday 6 match at the Dr Kwame Kyei Sports Complex.

Dissatisfied with a penalty call by the referee in the last stages of the game, a group of irate supporters resorted to violent behaviour. In protest, chairs were allegedly smashed, and items were hurled into the pitch. Despite the fact that the game ended in a 2-2 tie, supporters proceeded to vent their rage by destroying artefacts at the stadium.

The inquiry by the Disciplinary Committee revealed a ‘breach of Article 16(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.’ As a result, Asante Kotoko has been fined heavily, and the money will be given to Nations FC to compensate for the damages caused by the alleged Kotoko fans.

Meanwhile, Kotoko returned to winning ways on Sunday, defeating Medeama SC at the Baba Yara Stadium due to Sherif Mohammed’s penalty kick in the 60th minute.

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Hearts of Oak to play home games in Kumasi following the closure of Accra Sports Stadium

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The temporary location change was caused by the Accra Sports Stadium, which was overseen by event organisers for the Christmas festivities. Alhaji Brimah Moro Akambi, a Hearts of Oak Board Member, confirmed the decision, indicating that the Phobians will play their home games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the rest of the year. However, beginning in 2023, the club is open to evaluating alternative locations.

According to Onua Sports, Hearts of Oak have opted to transfer their home games to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium following the shutdown of the Accra Sports Stadium due to scheduled Christmas celebrations.

The highly anticipated Ghana Premier League match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, which was originally scheduled for Accra on December 8, will now be played in Kumasi, with Hearts of Oak designated as the home team.

The temporary location change was caused by the Accra Sports Stadium, which was overseen by event organisers for the Christmas festivities. Alhaji Brimah Moro Akambi, a Hearts of Oak Board Member, confirmed the decision, indicating that the Phobians will play their home games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the rest of the year. However, beginning in 2023, the club is open to evaluating alternative locations.

Hearts of Oak are currently 14th in the league rankings with 12 points. Following the resignation of coach Martinus Koopman, assistant Abdul Rahim Bashiru has been named to handle the squad until a permanent replacement is found.

On Tuesday, they meet the Accra Lions, looking to get back on track after three straight draws.

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Maxwell Konadu released from hospital

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Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has announced the arrest of one individual engaged in Maxwell Konadu's attack and beating. The police are also on the lookout for another suspect who is presently on the run. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned the Sunyani Coronation Park, which serves as Bofoakwa Tano's home stadium. Meanwhile, in the matchday 12 games this weekend at Nana Kronmansah Park, Nsoatreman FC will host Heart of Lions.

Maxwell Konadu, the head coach of Nsoatreman FC, has been released from the hospital following an attack by Bofoakwa Tano fans.

The incident occurred on Sunday, following Nsoatreman FC’s 1-1 tie with Bofoakwa Tano in Week 11 of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season.

Konadu was rendered unconscious during the assault and was taken to Sunyani Teaching Hospital.

According to a club release, the former Black Stars assistant coach has been fired.

“Our coach Maxwell Konadu has been discharged from the hospital. We thank everyone who said a prayer for our coach during these difficult moments. Efiri Tete Amanaso,” a statement from Nsoatreman FC said on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has announced the arrest of one individual engaged in Maxwell Konadu’s attack and beating.

The police are also on the lookout for another suspect who is presently on the run.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned the Sunyani Coronation Park, which serves as Bofoakwa Tano’s home stadium.

Meanwhile, in the matchday 12 games this weekend at Nana Kronmansah Park, Nsoatreman FC will host Heart of Lions.

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