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Last edited: 2003-03-28

League title without defeat


Question
Has a team in Ghana ever won the Premier League title without losing a single match?

Answer
Accra Great Olympics won the 1970-71 League without a single defeat. It is the only Ghanaian club to have played (37)38 matches both local and international without a single defeat.

The celebrated former coach of Accra Hearts of Oak and now with Liberty Professionals, Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, then a player of Great Olympics, played for that team.

The closest a club came to accomplishing that feat was in 1964. Kumasi Asante Kotoko had played 22 league matches and were still undefeated.

The league was to have a shortened conclusion at the end of the 25th match instead of the 34 fixture league season to pave way for Black Stars preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Kotoko's 23rd league encounter was against the Phobians. Hearts brought them down to earth-winning by the odd goal in five. Kotoko registered their first defeat of the season. The Army came next and a sensational 4-2 victory over Kotoko in Kumasi confirmed Kotoko's claim to invisibility was a flattery.

The final league table showed Kotoko on top with 45 points — having played 25 matches, winning 22, losing 2, drawing 1, scoring 88 goals and conceding 27.