Hearts of Oak at 110: 6 records set by Hearts that may never be broken

Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak are celebrating their 110th anniversary today, November 11, 2021…

Hearts of Oak at 110: 6 records held by Hearts that may never be broken

The Phobians are currently the defending league and FA Cup champions, having won the double last season after a long trophy drought.

Pulse Sports brings you six interesting records held by Hearts that may never be broken:

The only Ghanaian club to have appeared on CNN/World Soccer weekly chart

Hearts of Oak was rated the 8th best team in the world after beating Zamalek to win the CAF Super Cup in 2001, following the CAF Champions League triumph the previous 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 2-0 to win the Super Cup by a at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

Hearts of Oak won the first-ever league in Ghana

Accra Hearts of Oak are also on record to have won the maiden of the Ghana Premier League staged in 1956.

The Phobians finished top of the league log and were crowned champions after a coronation match against Eleven Wise.

The only Ghanaian club to win three different continental titles

Hearts of Oak won the CAF Champions League in 2000 and in 2001 won the CAF Super Cup.

Again in 2005, the Phobians defeated their archrivals Asante Kotoko to clinch the 2004 CAF Confederation and remain the only Ghanaian club to have lifted all three continental titles.

The first club to win the maiden edition of the CAF Confederations Cup

Hearts and Kotoko made history by becoming the first sides from the same country to face each other in the final of any African inter-club competition.

Hearts defeated their archrivals 8-9 after a marathon penalty shootout to win the 2004 CAF Confederation Cup final at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

Hearts finished CAF Champions League group stage without scoring a single goal

On Saturday 16th September 2006 at the Obuasi Len Clay Sports Stadium, Hearts of Oak set an infamous record by becoming the first African club to participate in the CAF Champions League without scoring a goal.

The record was confirmed after they drew goalless against ASEC Mimosas in Obuasi. They had lost 2-0 and 0-1 against Enyimba and lost 3-0 and drew goalless in their two fixtures against ASEC. Whereas they held Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw in South Africa, but lost 0-1 at home to them, hence conceding a total of 7 goals without finding the back of the net.

Since the inception of the CAF Champions League proper in 1997, Hearts are the only team to finish the group stage without scoring.

The only team to have gone unbeaten yet failed to win the league

The Phobians are the only club in Ghanaian football history to have gone unbeaten in a full season without winning the league.

Hearts of Oak had won the league six consecutive times under E.K Afranie, Jones Attuquayefio and Herbert Addo.

Addo after defending the title in 2002, threw it away despite preventing all other 15 clubs from earning a win in 30 games.

Asante Kotoko who had gone 10 years without a league title and they proved how thirstier they were by dethroning the Accra giants.


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