If you are a football fan in Ghana, you probably know the Accra Hearts of Oak Soccer Club. It has over the years gained the undisputed title of Ghana’s most decorated club. Its history stretches back to its formation in 1911, making it Ghana’s oldest existing soccer club.
It recorded its first notable victory in a big match back in 1922. This was probably the beginning of good things for the clubs as it went on to win 6 major titles in a span of 12 seasons of the Accra Football League. In what was seen as a move towards greater success, Accra Hearts of Oak SC joined the official Ghanaian football league in 1956. They now had the opportunity to showcase their prowess to the whole of Ghana and not just Accra where it’s located.
The 1957 decision to join the national league was probably one of the best decisions Accra Hearts of Oak SC made, because they went on to become the Ghanaian league champions that year. They have won 19 other league titles since then. They have also won 10 Ghanaian FA cup titles and two Ghana super cup titles. In addition to being prosperous in the national league, they have also had notable success in the international scene having won three major titles in;
- CAF Confederation Cup
- CAF Champions League
- CAF Super Cup
In the CAF Confederation Cup they became runners up in 2005 and in the CAF Champions League they became runners up twice in 1977 and 1975.
It has also had its fair share of tragedies, the most severe one happening in the year 2001. In that year, on 9th May, there was a football match between Accra Hearts of Oak and the Asante Kotoko. The match went on smoothly until the referee allowed a goal scored by the Accra Hearts of Oak team. The Asante Kotoko supporters became restless and started vandalizing the stadiums’ seats. The police retaliated by firing tear gas in to the crowd. The supporters began exiting the stadium and a stampede followed. As a result, 127 people lost their lives. This was dabbed as the worst footballing disaster that has ever happened in Africa.
The most recent disaster o hit the club was the death of the much loved and respected Alhaji "Hearts" Suleimana Braimah, a ball boy who rose to become a board member of the club. He was laid to rest in February 2018.
Accra hearts of oak new signings
A good club, a club that wants to win titles always looks out for new talents and look to add them to their team. The new signings of Accra Hearts of Oak makes regular addition to the club.
Accra hearts of oak signings are either bought from other teams or are players from their youth team that put on a display of exceptional talent and are promoted o the first team.
Accra hearts of oak latest signings include;
- Richard Baidoo(goalkeeper) – promoted from the junior team
- Christopher Boney(right-back) – came from Ebusua Dwarfs
Source: Yen Newspaper