Accra Hearts of Oak sporting Club, founded on November 11, 1911 in the then Gold Coast, has been nicknamed the Phobians but in the year 2000, the club got another nickname "the rainbow boy" when they conquered the African continent, as the champions.
From the on-going trend as one of the best football clubs in the country and even most importantly, its most current form and performance in the on-going premier league, they are certainly on a new level, as the Phobians have thus recorded their fifth consecutive win and not conceded a goal, becoming the first team to reach that remarkable feat this season.
Hearts of Oak regained top spot and opened a two-point lead in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday, 30 May 2021 after beating Berekum Chelsea 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
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Hence, the Phobians who had been in top position in the last few weeks, are gearing closer to winning the 2020/2021 league title, as Hearts of Oak have continued their outstanding form with another vital victory over the also respected Berekum Chelsea at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday, in a competitive game played under floodlights in front of limited fans, thanks to Covid-19 restrictions.
Interestingly, midfielder Benjamin Afutu gave Hearts the lead in the 16th minute by applying a powerful header from the corner taken by Ibrahim Salifu. Clearly, the renowned defending from Chelsea on the occasion was shockingly pathetic, as midfielder Afutu had acres of space inside the box and had no choice, but to head on target, giving the Phobians, its first goal of the night.
The Phobians were dominant were rampant with their swamping football style and were sleek with the quick passing game and just before the half hour mark, Hearts doubled their lead through Kwadwo Obeng Jnr who shot with the outside of his boot to zoom pass goalkeeper Ernest Sowah.
Chelsea could have reduced the deficit before the break but Kofi Owusu's to lob it over goalkeeper Richard Attah after cutting in from the left went wide. Hearts even came back stronger in the second half and continued to give the visitors, a match worth their cheering and admiration of their fans. In the 58th minute however, Stephen Amankona struck a powerful free-kick which had no trickery at the end but it was palmed out by Attah before grabbing it for the second time.
Winger Patrick Razak brought some added firepower and nearly got on the score sheet but on two occasions he was denied by some brave defending and good goalkeeping and again, with just three minutes from time, Paul Atta Adjei hit the cross bar after delivering a powerful free-kick from the edge of the box and also on the 90th minute mark, Raddy Ovouka raced back to clear out a ball in front of Amankona who had made his way into the box.
Asante Kotoko, who 24hours earlier, had went into their match day neck and neck with Hearts, fell at a familiar ground once again, as it’s now been 11 attempts to beat Aduana Stars in Dormaa without any success, as it ended in a goalless draw which in effect helped neither teams.
Medeama had also failed to capitalize as they were demolished in Accra by Inter Allies, as the Mauve and Yellows needed all three points to stay within the title race, but defeat now leaves them six points behind.
With Hearts of Oak impressive performance by far, having so far after beating King Faisal, Bechem United, Elmina Sharks, Eleven Wonders and now Berekum Chelsea, fans and football critics are already seeing their potential chances of winning the league and even heading to Africa, to do some wonders.
Some are very hopeful that, just maybe, it is time to conquer Africa, but they are also careful that, there may be more on the road to such a feat and we all can rather take it, step by step.
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