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Sports News of Monday, 11 November 2019

Source: Ghanacrusader.com

Hearts of Oak best eleven over last two decades

Accra Hearts of Oak are 108 years today. The Phobians are one of the two top clubs in Ghana and over the past years they have achieved many great feats,

Undoubtedly, from 2000 to 2005 rank as the club’s best era in terms of Africa club competition as they won the CAF Champions League in 2000 and the Confederations Cup in 2004.

Ghanacrusader.com brings to you Hearts of Oak’s best eleven over the past twenty years.

Sammy Adjei (Goalkeeper)



Adjei was instrumental for the Phobians in the early millennium, he was very agile in goal and had great reflexes. He was one of the key players in the Phobians set up as they won two continental trophies in the past twenty years and various league titles.

Amankwah Mireku (Right back)



The Phobians signed him from Okwahu United and he rose to become the skipper of the club helping them to win the 2004 Confederations Cup and other domestic titles. At a point in time, Mireku was the best right back in Ghana

Dan Quaye (Left back)



Quaye was a natural central defender though he could also operate on both the right and left rear, he was one of the trusted players of Coach Jones Attuquayefio and played a key role in the club’s domestic and continental success.

Jacob Nettey (Central defence)



The leader of the famous 64 Battalion squad, Nettey was an efficient central defender who got the job always done easily, he was not that flamboyant but he gave 101 percent on the field and was a pillar at the back.

Stephen Tetteh (Central defence)



A natural talent with great technique and energy, just like Quaye, though a central defender, Tetteh could play any where across the back four and was very combative. Atuquayefio had the luxury in choosing him, Agyemang Duah or Dan Quaye to partner Nettey in the heart of defence.

Edmund Copson (Holding midfield)



Up till now, Ghanaian local football have not seen a real box to box midfielder like Edmund Copson. The Mamprobi-born player was the engine of the Hearts of Oak team and the one who drove the team forward. He was full of energy and get the job done with ease.

Lawrence Adjah Tetteh (Central midfield)



In a “duo volante”, Adjah Tetteh partners Copson, both of them had abundant of energy and can serve as a “barrier” to protect any back four. Occasionally, they pop up to score long range goals.

Charles Taylor (Right wing)



One of the greatest Hearts of Oak players of all time, Taylor could operate anywhere across the front line though his best position is on the wings. adept in both feet, he was an integral part of the 64 Battalions and domestically he helped the Phobians to win many titles before moving to arch rivals Kotoko.

Emmanuel Osei Kuffour (Schemer)




A natural schemer, Kuffour could create goals and also scored, he was the top scorer in the 2000 CAF Champions league netting ten goals as the Phobians won and also played a key role in many of Hearts of Oak’s local triumph’s.

Ishmael Addo (Striker)



A real goal machine, Addo left the attack of the Phobians as a teenager from 1998 to 2002. He was groomed at Auroras and remains one of the best players to have emerged from the club’s youth system.

Addo won the goalking award in the Ghana premier league in 1998, 1999 and 2000 whilst he was very efficient in the Phobians CAF Champions League success.

Bernard Dong Bortey (Left wing)




His combination with Charles Taylor is seen as the best ever in the club’s history. Bortey could play anywhere in attack and was also a dead-ball expert.

One of the illustrious sons of the club, he remains one of the most talented players Ghana Premiership has ever seen. On any day, Bortey could decide a game on his own.