The deadline day for the Ghana transfer window is getting closer and clubs are scrambling to make final and last minute signings to strengthen their squads before the window closes. Ghana’s two biggest clubs, Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak have not left any stone unturned as far the transfer market is concerned. They are combing the market to build a formidable squad ahead of the 2021/22 domestic football season.
Hearts of Oak however are building a squad for both next season’s domestic season as well as the ongoing CAF Champions League. Asante Kotoko have been the busier of the two clubs as they have signed nine players so far and are still chasing some more to help head coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum to have the necessary materials to build a good squad. Hearts of Oak on the other hand have been modest in their signings as a mixture of experience and youth has done the trick for them.
Hearts of Oak were crowned champions of Ghana last season where they clocked 61 points to win their first ever and 21st league title in 11 years. The Phobians performed to the utmost following the arrival of former Medeama SC coach, Samuel Boadu. He guided the team to 13 straight wins in the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season. His search for a 14th win was halted by West Africa Football Academy in a 1-0 defeat at the Sogakope Park in the final days of the premier league games.
The Phobians did not rest there in their quest to look for more success. They defied the odds to complete a domestic double by winning the 2020/21 MTN FA Cup. Hearts of Oak beat off competition from clubs like Elmina Sharks and Medeama to set up a final clash with AshantiGold at the Accra Sports Stadium. After 90 minutes and extra time finishing goalless, the Phobians won 8-7 on penalty shootouts to be crowned the FA Cup winners for a record 11 time.
The 2000 CAF Champions League winners will them represent Ghana in the 2021/22 CAF Champions League. They were paired against Guinea side, Club Industriel de Kamsar for a one legged qualifier due to the Coup D’Etat in Guinea. The 2001 CAF Super Cup winners defeated CI KAMSAR 2-0 to progress to the next stage of the qualifiers. They will face Morocco club, Wydad Athletic Club in the second qualifiers over two legs. The first leg is set for October 17 in Accra with the second leg a week time at the Mohammed V Stadium in Rabat.
Hearts of Oak need to strengthen for both next season’s domestic football and the CAF Champions League. They have joined the chase for Berekum Chelsea striker, Stephen Amankonah. It is Asante Kotoko who have shown keen interest in the sharp winger but the Phobians have equally opened a bid to sign Amankonah. It is not likely Hearts of Oak will get the signature of Stephen Amankonah because the player himself has publicly declared his intention to play for Asante Kotoko.
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