2023/24 SEASON: Summary of Hearts of Oak after the first round of the Ghana Premier League.

The 21-time Ghanaian champions, Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club has had an uninspiring performance since the start of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season.

Ahead of the 2023/24 season, there were high expectations for Hearts of Oak Sporting Club to deliver and were also the favorite to win both the Ghana Premier League and MTN FA Cup due to their signing and the good preseason they had.

They signed arguably the best players available on the market ahead of the 2023/24 season. Notable ones were the signing of former Legon Cities Football Club right back Michael Ampadu. The former Black Meteors defender was chased by Asante Kotoko Sporting Club but eventually ended up at Hearts of Oak Sporting Club on a free transfer. The highly-rated right-back signed for two years. Also, Bechem United Football Club captain Kofi Abgesimah joined Hearts of Oak Sporting Club. Kofi Abgesimah has been consistent in the Ghana Premier League for the past five years with Bechem United Football Club in the Ghana Premier League.

Three young talents from Asekem Football Club also joined Hearts of Oak Football Club ahead of the 2023/24 season. All three were midfielder namely Evans Adomako, Martin Karikari, and Raphael Amponsah. Techiman Eleven Wonders defender Kelvin Osei Assibey joined Hearts of Oak Sporting Club for a fee of GHC 100,000 from the Access Bank Division League. And snatch David Oppong Afrane ahead of the 2023/24 season. Also, Congolese forward Kashala Ramos Wanet joined on a free transfer.

Moreover, Hearts of Oak Sporting Club added quality to their technical team with the inclusion of Rene Henddink as technical director and Dutch gaffer Martin Koopman as head coach.

In the first round, Hearts of Oak Sporting Club had a slow start with a defeat at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium against Real Tamale United Football Club courtesy of Owusu Afriyie’s lone goal.

The poor start to the season led to the sacking of the Dutch gaffer Martin Koopman and his role was taken by assistant coach Abdul Rahim Bashiru on an interim basis.

After the first round, Hearts of Oak Sporting Club accumulated twenty-one points out of a possible fifty-one in seventeen games. They thirteen goals and conceded twelve making their goals difference +1. Auroras graduate Hamza Issah was the club’s top scorer with five goals.

Hearts of Oak Sporting Club won just four games, played nine drawn games, and lost four games. One of the lost games was their 2-3 home defeat to their bitterest rival Asante Kotoko Sporting Club at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

However, Hearts of Oak Sporting Club put smiles on the faces of their supporters in their last game of the first round after a narrow 1-0 home win over Bechem United Football Club in Kumasi.

Ahead of the second round, Hearts of Oak Sporting Club is the first team to report to training and is currently doing gym work after hitting the beach days ago.

Hearts of Oak Sporting Club offloaded seven players and signed four players ahead of the second round. Issah Kuka was also registered for the second round.

Hearts of Oak Sporting Club will start the second round at home against Real Tamale United.

 

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