The painful aspect in supporting the club has not been going to chant at the stadium. All these things counts but at the end when there is no trophy thus it will be meaningless to keep trooping and chasing the club around in their matches. The last time Hearts of Oak got closer to a trophy Kotoko showed them the exit and the muscle to play in cup finals which hearts of oak was noted for. Now the veterans of the team do not even have recognition for the club and the supporters do not also have some for the ex-players because they won nothing in their prime days. The club is nicknamed the Phobians but in the year 2000, the club was nicknamed the rainbow boy when they conquer the African continent. The club is one of the most successful clubs in the premier league. The club plays its home matches at the Ohene Djane Sports Stadium (Accra Sports Stadium).
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. Excelsior was the first Ghanaian club to be formed in 1903. Other clubs too were formed before the formation of the Accra giants in 1911.
However, they failed to stand the test of time and before the start of Ghana’s first league in 1956, they had all been dissolved. Hearts of Oak have existed since 1956, making them the longest existing Ghanaian club. Only Ghanaian club to have appeared on CNN/World Soccer weekly chart. Hearts of Oak was rated the 8th best team after beating Zamalek to win the CAF Super Cup in 2001, following the CAF Champions League triumph in December. On 12th February 2001, Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak were named 8th best club in the World in the CNN/World Soccer weekly chart. This happened a day after the club had beaten Zamalek of Egypt by 2-0 to win the only Super Cup by a Ghanaian side at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. The Phobians are part of an elite number of clubs to have won three major trophies in a season on the continent, joining Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Congolese powerhouses TP Mezembe and AS Vita Club. North Africans Esperance de Tunis and Mouloudia Club d'Algers complete the list.
What at all did they do rightly to win this trophies for almost some decades now without even a home or domestic laurels. The decision by the management has not been the best since the likes of Harry Zakkour and Sir Cecil Jones Attuquoffio left the scene it has been poorly management out those years. A lesson they have to learn is that, whoever is in charge of the board should consider his priority to turn things around for the team if only the club to return to it glory days. Accra Hearts of Oak is the only West African club to have achieved such a significant mark, after winning the Ghana Premier League, the FA Cup and the CAF Champions League in the year 2000. The Rainbow club hogged the headlines at the start of the millennium with some exciting football, boasting of some of the finest players in the country, with the likes of Ishmael Addo, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour and Sammy Adjei as the fulcrum of the squad. The first African club to set the record of winning a treble in a single season was TP Mezembe in 1967, followed by Congolese rivals AS Vita in 1973. MCA or Mouloudia Club d'Alger won the treble in 1976, before Accra Hearts of Oak in 2000 followed by Al Ahly, who did it twice in 2006 & 2007, and the last club to achieve the mark on the continent was the Esperance team of 2011.
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