2020-21 GHANA PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW: Accra Hearts of Oak vs Kumasi Asante Kotoko

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• Today encounter will be the 196th meetings between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko since 8th August, 1954 at the Kumasi Jackson Park which Kotoko won by 3-0.

All-time meetings since 1954 – 195

• Sunday 27th June, 2021 will be the 108th meetings between the two clubs in the League and it will be 196th in all-time meetings since 8th August, 1954. The League meetings does not include the 2018 & 2019-20 league seasons that were canceled.

LET’S LOOK AT ALL-TIME LEAGUE MEETINGS SINCE 1958.
Total matches played – 107
Hearts of Oak wins – 35
Asante kotoko wins – 35
Drawn games – 37

• All the truncated Seasons are not part of their official league meetings since it were all declared null and void but are part of their all time meetings.

NOTE: Their FIRST LEAGUE GAME was played on 24th August, 1958 at Sir Francis Jackson’s Park in Kumasi but the match was abandoned in the 70th minute because Gargo Moro, a Kotoko player who was sent off refused to go off the pitch. Hearts were leading 3-0 at 1st Half and Kotoko used ten minutes to score 3 goals but Hearts made it 4-3.

• The violence began when there was an incident between a Kotoko player, Gago Moro, and Hearts goalkeeper Addoquaye Laryea after Kotoko had scored their third goal against Hearts who had at that time scored four.

• Hearts, who had earlier protested against the decision of the referee to rescind his ruling that Moro should leave the field for rough play, refused to continue the match with twenty minutes left to play.

• Spectators then rushed on to the field and some of them started manhandling the players. Over 100 people, including players, were detained by the Police.
Addoquaye Laryea was rushed to the hospital for treatment as well as Mfum of Kotoko. Referee Gray had to seek Police protection. In fact, it was a terrible scene and the most unsportsmanlike soccer ever seen in Ghana.

• Bad tackling was the main cause of the incidents, and both sides were guilty. But had the referee been consistent and firm in his decisions, things would not have gone as they did.

• In a statement issued after the match, Mr. B. E. Gwira, then Chairman of the Kumasi Municipal Council, called on football clubs to exercise “extreme measures to prevent the supporters from besieging the field of play in times of argument arising between players and referees”.

• The Chairman was expressing his regret for the brutal manner players were assaulted in this match. He said: “Obviously, it was an event no one had expected and the outcome beats the conscience of every individual”.
He criticized Hearts of Oak for refusing to accept the referee’s ruling to allow Moro Gago to resume play after he had ordered him off, even though, in his opinion, the referee did not act rightly.

“Furthermore,” he continued “Gago had played for 20 minutes before they raised the protest and refused to continue”.

• The League Management Committee met on the matter and decided that there should be a replay because it was the crowd who interfered with the progress of the game and the referee was compelled under the circumstances to abandon the match.

REPLAY: Asante kotoko vs Hearts of Oak OFFICIAL FIRST EVER LEAGUE game was played on 2nd November, 1958 at the Jackson Park now Jubilee Park on 2nd November, 1958.
Asante Kotoko 2-5 Hearts of Oak
Akwasi Amofa 20′ & Wilberforce Mfum 60’// Offei Dodoo 22′, Akutse Adamu 65′ & 75′, C.K Gyamfi (brace).

• AKWASI AMOFA is the FIRST PLAYER to score a GOAL for Asante Kotoko in their meetings while OFFEI DODOO is also the FIRST PLAYER to score for Hearts of Oak.

HEARTS OF OAK SQUAD LIST FOR THE 1958 SEASON: GK. Aduquaye Laryea, Seth Adjei, CD Arthur, Nortey, Adu Darko, Charles Addo Odamptey, Offei Dodoo, Amadu Akutse, C.K Gyamfi, Agyiri Fynn, Nii Dawuna, Robinson,GK Lantey Mills, A.A Mampong. Coach Robert Oduro and Ken Harrison from Great Britain.

ASANTE KOTOKO SQUAD LIST FOR THE 1958 SEASON: GK. Kwao Baffoe, Gargo Moro, Kofi Nti Ainoo, Kwabena Dodzie [Boye Koka], Dogo Moro, Opoku Mensah, Baba Yara, Asebi Boakye, James Kwakye, S.K Awuah [Teacher Awuah], Salisu Mohammed, Kwame Adarkwah, Fred Akuffu, Wilberforce Mfum, Akwasi Amofa, Asumadu and J.K Manu, Kwaku Tawiah GK Botuo, Kobina Otu, Kobina Badu, K.Enning, E.Okine were all part of the Kotoko Registered squad.
NOTE: Coach Kobina Haghan and Coach Kwame Owusu

OTHER LEAGUE GAMES (CANCELED)

• 2018 season (truncated)
Sunday, 29th April, 2018 (Day 10)
Asante Kotoko 0-1 Hearts of Oak
Patrick Razak
MVP: Patrick Razak – Hearts of Oak

• 2019-20 season (truncated)
Sunday, 26th January, 2020 (Day 6)
Hearts of Oak 1-2 Asante Kotoko
Joseph Esso 64th//Justice Blay 11th & Naby Keita 90th (pen)
MVP: Justice Blay – Asante Kotoko

• After Hearts of Oak 2-0 lost to Dreams on 2nd May, 2021 in match Day 22, the Phobians are UNBEATEN in their last eight (8) games in the ongoing season of the GPL.
09/05/21 Hearts of Oak 2-0 King Faisal (Day 23)
12/05/21 Bechem Utd 0-1 Hearts of Oak (Day 24)
16/05/21 Hearts of Oak 2-0 Elmina Sharks (Day 25)
21/05/21 Eleven Wonders 0-1 Hearts of Oak (Day 26)
30/05/21 Hearts of Oak 2-0 Berekum Chelsea (Day 27)
06/06/21 Great Olympics 1-1 Hearts of Oak (Day 28)
13/06/21 Hearts of Oak 2-0 Medeama (Day 29)
24/06/21 Legon Cities 1-2 Hearts of Oak (Day 30)
W7 D1 GF13 GA2

• After Asante Kotoko 1-2 lost to Medeama on 24th April, 2021 in match Day 21, the Fabulous ‘boys’ are UNBEATEN in their last nine (9) games in the ongoing season of the GPL.
01/05/21 Legon Cities 0-1 Asante Kotoko (Day 22)
08/05/21 Asante Kotoko 3-1 Dreams (Day 23)
13/06/21 Asante Kotoko 2-1 Ebusua Dwarfs (Day 24)
16/05/21 Liberty Prof. 1-1 Asante Kotoko (Day 25)
22/05/21 Asante Kotoko 1-1 WAFA (Day 26)
29/05/21 Aduana Stars 0-0 Asante Kotoko (Day 27)
06/06/21 Asante Kotoko 1-0 Ashanti Gold (Day 28)
14/06/21 Inter-Allies 2-3 Asante Kotoko (Day 29)
23/06/21 Asante Kotoko 2-1 Karela United (Day 30)
W6 D3 GF14 GA7

• Hearts of Oak are chasing for their SEVENTEENTH win in the ongoing season of the GPL.
W16 D8 L6 GF42 GA20

• Asante Kotoko are chasing for their SIXTEENTH win in the ongoing season of the GPL.
W15 D11 L4 GF35 GA17

LET’S LOOK AT ALL MATCHES PLAYED AT THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM INCLUDING FRIENDLIES SINCE 5TH SEPTEMBER, 1954
Total matches played – 101
Hearts of Oak wins – 30
Goals scored – 106
Asante kotoko wins – 36
Goals scored – 107
Drawn games – 35

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT ALL LEAGUE MEETINGS IN THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM
Total matches played – 55
Hearts of Oak wins – 16
Goals scored – 56
Asante kotoko wins – 17
Goals scored – 54
Drawn games – 22

NB: Truncated seasons are not part.

• The Novelty league decided in April 2005 is included.

NOTE: Their FIRST LEAGUE GAME at the Accra Sports Stadium was played on 16th November, 1958. That was the last fixture of the season (Day 14).
Hearts of Oak 2-4 Asante Kotoko
Adu Darko 25′ (pen) & Agyiri Fynn//Baba Yara 4′ & 15′ and Fred Akuffu [pen]

• The late Baba Yara was the FIRST PLAYER to score at the ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM in a League game for Asante Kotoko whilst Adu Darko was first to score for Hearts of Oak on that grounds in their encounters.

• The referee who officiated the first league encounter between them at the Accra Sports Stadium is Referee Arthur Muller.

LET’S TAKE TIME TO READ THE MATCH REPORT ON THE DAY.

• Accra Hearts of Oak were crowned Ghana League Champions, five days after their 47th birthday.

• Asante Kotoko almost spoiled the party by defeating the Phobians 4-2 on the final match day at the Accra Sports stadium, but the results of the match did not matter, the Phobians had already won.

• It was a disgraceful episode. During the match, police officers twice had to rush to the field to enforce the referee’s decisions.

• Players just had no respect for the referee. After the match, fists took over as players engaged in free fighting.

• Supporters fought with shameless pride, and for the best part of an hour, a whole battalion of policemen surrounded the Kotoko players who were unable even to get into their dressing room.

• It had been a great game. Hearts began well and it was against the run of play when Kotoko broke loose, forced two corner kicks and opened the scoring with a header by Baba Yara through Fred Akuffo’s corner kick.

• Kotoko, inspired by the early lead and the uproarious cheers of their supporters, made great headway with their attack. Their attack clicked as it had never done in the league and young Adarkwa, playing at inside right for the first time, was a great success, being responsible for most of their moves.

• Hearts of Oak, however, were not go be denied their chances. Many times they forced their way through the defence only to be halted by “bulwalk” Dogo Moro who intercepted with good judgement.

• After some minutes’ pressure, the Kotoko defense gave away a penalty and Kwao Baffoe in goal was sent fumbling as penalty specialist Addo Darku hit it home.

• The pace and tension of the match increased and it was a tribute to referee Arthur Muller that it did not deteriorate into a real rough – house.

• Kotoko regained the lead when Adu Darku handled the ball in the goal area and made winger Fred Akuffo send the spot kick past goalkeeper Addoquaye Laryea.

• Kotoko kept the initiative and one wondered whether the new spirit had come from a team which had enjoyed so bad a league season.

• Their domination became even more pronounced in the second half when Hearts seemed to run out of steam and the red – shirted visitors played the type of fluent soccer associated by only a few group of Ghanaian footballers.

• To their dishonour, however, their defence got unduly robust in their tackling and twice launched what looked like physical assaults on referee Muller.

• The arrival of the police and the regular counsel of their captain, Baba Yara, restored order, especially after a defensive slip had cost them a goal when Agyrey -Fynn scored from a scramble for Hearts.

• The rest of the game was all Kotoko. Baba Yara scored the third goal for Kotoko, then Fred Akuffu added the fourth.

• From that moment, it was simple exhibition. Hearts’ defence seemed to panic at this stage. Rough tackling was the order of the day but again referee Muller came to the rescue and the game moved on to an exciting finish with Kotoko as winners by four goals to two.

• After the match, H.P. Nyamitei, then president of Hearts of Oak, issued a statement in which he condemned those responsible for the “shocking attack on the players and supporters.” and added: “By those irresponsible acts, they have placed the reputation of the club in most embarrassing situation and we shall be failing in our duty if we took no action.”

• The President recalled that when Hearts of Oak players were attacked and beaten up after their first League match with Kotoko in Kumasi, he condemned the action in no uncertain terms.

“I cannot condone this just because it comes from my camp, ” he said. The President expressed hope that the relations between all the League clubs should be improved by formation of a Union of National League Clubs to which all of them would be affiliated.

“There is far more than what can do for ourselves by coming closer together and I intend to put this proposal through all the League clubs for consideration,” he said.

HEAD-TO-HEAD SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE ON 19TH DECEMBER, 1993 IN THE 1993-94 SEASON (THIS INCLUDES NOVELTY LEAGUE DECIDER IN ACCRA)
Total matches played – 46
Hearts of Oak wins – 16
Goals scored – 50
Asante kotoko wins – 10
Goals scored – 41
Drawn games – 20

NB: Truncated seasons (2018 & 2019-20) are not included. Those seasons are unconstitutional.

ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM LEAGUE GAMES SINCE 1993-94 SEASON (This includes the novelty league Decider). The 2-1 win for Kotoko in 2019-20 season is excluded. The season was canceled.
Total matches played – 24
Hearts of Oak wins – 9
Goals scored – 28
Asante kotoko wins – 5
Goals scored – 18
Drawn games – 10

• Their FIRST Premier League game at the Accra Sports Stadium was played on 29th May, 1994.
Hearts of Oak 0-0 Asante Kotoko

• The FIRST player to score a goal in the Premier League game involving the two clubs at the Accra Sports Stadium was Nicholas Addo of Hearts of Oak in the 31st minutes on 22nd November, 1994 in match Day 3 in the 1994-95 season. Hearts of Oak beat Asante Kotoko 2-1.
Nicholas Addo 31′ & Annor Aziz 44′ // Kwadwo Anane 79′

ALL-TIME HEARTS OF OAK HOME GAMES IN THE GHANA LEAGUE. 2006-07 LEAGUE GAME AT CAPE COAST IS INCLUDED ( THE 2019-20 SEASON 2-1 VICTORY FOR KOTOKO IS NOT PART SINCE THE SEASON WAS DECLARED NULL AND VOID)
Total matches played – 55
Hearts of Oak wins – 17
Goals scored – 59
Asante Kotoko wins – 17
Goals scored – 55
Drawn games – 21

• The FIRST league game at the Accra Sports Stadium was on 16th November, 1958.
Hearts 2-4 Kotoko
Scorers for Hearts: Adu Darko 25′ (pen) & Agyiri Fynn.
Scorers for Kotoko: Baba Yara 4′ & 15′ and Fred Akuffu [pen].

• The late Baba Yara was the first player to score at the Accra Sports Stadium in a League game for Asante Kotoko while Adu Darko was first to score for Hearts of Oak (16th Nov. 1958).

HEARTS HOME GAMES FROM 1993-94 SEASON. (NOVELTY LEAGUE DECIDER IN 2004 PLAYED ON APRIL 2005 IS NOT INCLUDED). THE 2019-20 SEASON WHICH WAS CANCELED IS NOT INCLUDED.
Total matches played – 22
Hearts of Oak wins – 8
Goals scored – 27
Asante Kotoko wins – 5
Goals scored – 18
Drawn games – 9

NOTE: 2004 novelty league decider Hearts won 1-0.

MEETINGS IN THE MONTH OF JUNE
• Their first League meeting in June was in 1959. That game ended 2-4 for Kotoko in Accra.
Total games played – 9
Hearts of Oak wins – 4
Goals scored – 10
Asante Kotoko wins – 2
Goals scored – 9
Drawn games – 3

• Hearts Of Oak are yet to beat Asante Kotoko SC in a league game in Accra in the month of JUNE. Interestingly, all the Kotoko’s June victory over Hearts in a League has happened at the Accra Sports Stadium. Their worse was a drawn game.
The only goalless in their June league game was 2014.

• Asante Kotoko in 16 years without a win in Accra against Hearts of Oak was broken on the month of June. It was 14th June, 2009

JUNE MEETINGS INCLUDING CUP MATCHES.
Total games played – 15
Hearts of Oak wins – 7
Goals scored – 14
Asante Kotoko wins – 4
Goals scored – 15
Drawn games – 4

JUNE MEETINGS IN ACCRA INCLUDING CUP MATCHES.
Total games played – 6
Hearts of Oak wins – 2
Goals scored – 6
Asante Kotoko wins – 3
Goals scored – 9
Drawn games – 1

IT IS LIKELY A TEAM WILL AVOID DEFEAT IF IT LEADS 1-0 BY THE CLOSE OF THE HALF TIME.

• The last time a team lost in their encounter after leading at half time was 2nd August, 1964 in the 1963-64 season ( Hearts of Oak 3-2 Asante Kotoko)
Mfum scored in the 40′ minute but Hearts fought from the 1-0 goal deficit to win 3-2 in the 2nd half.

Hearts of Oak 3-2 Asante Kotoko
Amusa Gbadamosi 50th, Abdul Ganiyu Salami 56th, and George Alhassan // Wilberforce Mfum 40th and Osei Kofi.

• Since May 9, 2001, No team has SCORED FIRST and lost a league game.
Hearts of Oak 2-1 Asante Kotoko
Ishmael Addo (brace) 77′ & 81′ for Hearts while Lawrence Adjei 60′ for Kotoko.
NB: Lawrence Adjei scored first in the 2nd half but Hearts fought back to win 2-1.
NB: Referee Joseph Wilson Sey was in charge of the game.

• LET’S NOW COME ON TO THE FIELD OF PLAY.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE [OSU CEMETRY] FACTOR.
• Since 21st May, 2002 that Hearts of Oak beat Asante Kotoko 3-0 after Kotoko starting from the Osu end of the field, only 2016 and 2017 has a team lost when starting from that end in matches between Kotoko and Hearts at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Any team starting from the International Conference Centre [OSU CEMETRY] worst is a drawn game. Only two defeats after defending from the Osu end.
Also, the last time Hearts defended From the Conference Center with a victory was December 2009.

• Do you know that the last 13 League games involving the two clubs @ the Accra Sports Stadium, anytime Hearts of Oak Kicks the ball first [pass], their best is a drawn game. It has happened six [6] times as the Phobians kicking it first. The last time Hearts kicked first with a victory was 2002.

• The last and the only time Hearts of Oak defeated Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium on the LAST Sunday of the month was 26th May, 1957. Hearts since then have never beat Kotoko in any game at Accra Sports Stadium on last Sunday of every month (January – December).

THE 27TH DAY OF THE MONTH FACTOR
• Asante Kotoko are yet to beat Hearts of Oak in any competition on the 27th day of every month (January – December).

MATCH DATE (27TH JUNE)
• Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko SC only meeting on 27th June happened on Wednesday, 1973. It was Kaiza Cup/Kay Cup/Liberation Cup. The Cup match was organized by a Netherland. It was 1st Leg game played in Kumasi. It ended 0-0.

COACH SAMUEL BOADU VS ASANTE KOTOKO
• Coach Samuel Boadu have met Asante Kotoko on five (5) occasions. He has won three (3) and lost once with one drawn game. But he has never lost to Kotoko in his three (3) League games against Kotoko which includes two truncated games. (W2,D1).

ASANTE KOTOKO WHITE COACH FACTOR
• The British coach, Ronald Ernest Heckman (the late), and Serbian Coach, Bogdan Korak are the only two white coaches of Asante Kotoko SC to beat Hearts Of Oak in Accra or on the road in a League game.

Referee Daniel Nii Laryea – Accra
Line 1: Patrick Papala – Wenchi
Line 2: Kwasi Brobbey Acheampong
4th Referee : Benjamin Sefa Kwame

• The last AWAY side to prevent Hearts of Oak from scoring @ HOME in the GPL is Great Olympics who secured 1-0 win on 30th Jan. 2021 in match Day 11 in the 2020-21 season.

• Hearts of Oak have so far kept 235 CLEAN SHEETS out of 553 games in the GPL since 1999 season.

• Asante Kotoko have so far kept 250 CLEAN SHEETS out of 553 games in the Ghana Premier League since 1999 season.

• Hearts of Oak have won the Ghana League title on 20 occasions since the competition started in the 1956 season.

• Asante Kotoko have won the Ghana League title on 23 occasions since the competition started in 1956.

• Hearts of Oak worse performance in the Ghana League since the competition started in 1956 is 13th with 40 points in the 2014-15 season.

• Asante Kotoko worse performance in the Ghana League since 1956 is 11th out of the 15-club league in the 1970 season.

• Hearts of Oak are 1st with 56 points after Day 30 games while Asante Kotoko on the other hand are 2nd with 56 points on the Ghana top-flight log.

 

 

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