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All you need to know about the 103rd meeting between Hearts and Kotoko

ACCRA HEARTS OF OAK VS KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO SINCE 1954 AND LEAGUE IN 1958.

MONDAY 2ND MAY 2016 IS GOING TO BE THEIR 103RD MEETINGS BETWEEN HEARTS AND KOTOKO IN THE LEAGUE AND IT WILL BE 177TH IN THEIR ALL TIME MEETINGS SINCE 1954.

* ALL TIME MEETINGS SINCE 1954 – 176

* LET’S LOOK AT ALL MATCHES PLAYED AT THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM INCLUDING FRIENDLIES.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
Total matches played – 93
Hearts wins – 28
Goals scored – 98
Kotoko wins – 33
Goals scored – 110
Drawn games – 32

* LET’S LOOK AT HEAD-TO-HEAD (LEAGUE GAMES) SINCE 1958.
Total matches played – 102
Hearts wins – 34
Goals scored – 116
Kotoko wins – 34
Goals scored – 118
Drawn games – 34

* NOTE: 1989-90 SEASON – THERE WAS A PENALTY SHOUT OUTS FOR BONUS POINT AND KOTOKO DREW 2-2 WITH HEARTS IN ACCRA AND THEY WON 5-4 ON PENALTIES. THOMAS QUAYE AND YAW PREKO MISSED FOR HEARTS AND SARFO GYAMFI ALSO MISSED FOR KOTOKO.

NB: Their FIRST league game was played on 24th August 1958 at Sir Francis Jacksons Park in kumasi but the match was abandoned in the 70′ minutes 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.

Replay : This is now officially their FIRST EVER league game at Jackson Park now Jubilee Park on 2nd Nov. 1958.
Kotoko 2-5 Hearts

Scorers for Kotoko: Akwasi Amofa 20′ & Wilberforce Mfum 60′

Scorers for Hearts: Offei Dodoo 22′,Akwasi Adamu 65′ & 75′, C.K Gyamfi (brace). This means that, Akwasi Amofa was the FIRST player to score a GOAL for Kotoko and Offei Dodoo was also the FIRST to score for Hearts.

BOTH TEAMS PLAYERS IN THAT SEASON:

HEARTS: GK.Aduquaye Laryea,Nortey Arthur, Adu Darko, Charles Addo Odamptey, Offei Dodoo, Akwasi Amadu, C.K Gyamfi, Agyiri Fynn, Nii Dawuna.

KOTOKO: GK. Kwao Baffoe, Gargo Moro, 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, Mfum, Asumadu and J.K Manu also featured for kotoko.

* LET’S LOOK AT ALL MEETINGS IN THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM.
Total matches played – 52
Hearts wins – 15
Goals scored – 55
Kotoko wins – 16
Goals scored – 53
Drawn games – 21
[NB: 2006-07 game at Cape Coast which Hearts won 3-1 is not included].

* LET’S LOOK AT HEARTS OF OAK HOME GAMES IN THE GHANA LEAGUE.
Total matches played – 53
Hearts wins – 16
Goals scored – 58
Kotoko wins – 16
Goals scored – 54
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.
Scores for Kotoko: Baba Yara 4′ & 15′, Fred Akuffu [pen].

* The late Baba Yara was the first player to score at Accra Sports Stadium and for Kotoko while Adu Darko was first to score for Hearts (1958).

* LETS COME TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE SINCE 1993-94
The premier league was first introduced on 19th December 1993 and it was 1993-94 season.
Total matches played – 41
Hearts wins – 15
Goals scored – 47
Kotoko wins – 9
Goals scored – 38
Drawn games – 17

* HEARTS HOME GAMES FROM 1993-94 SEASON.
Total matches played – 21
Hearts wins – 8
Goals scored – 27
Kotoko wins – 4
Goals scored – 17
Drawn games – 9
NOTE: 2004 novelty league decider which Hearts won 1-0 is included.

* The FIRST premier league game @ the Accra Sports Stadium was 29th May, 1994 (Hearts 0-0 Kotoko). Hearts paraded goalkeeper Leonard Moffat and Ezekiel Alamu both from Nigeria while Kotoko Joe Debrah also back from Asec Abijan. Kotoko coach was Malik Jabir.

* The FIRST player to score a goal in a Premier league game involving the two clubs at the Accra Sports Stadium was Nicholas Addo of Hearts in the 31st minutes on 22nd November, 1994 in match Day 3 in the 1994-95 season. [Hearts 2-1 Kotoko]
Hearts scorers: Nicholas Addo 31′ & Annor Aziz 44′
Kotoko scorer: Kwadwo Anane 79′

* LETS LOOK AT TWO TEAMS MEETING IN MATCH DAY 10 IN THE GHANA LEAGUE.
– They have met ONCE in Day 10 on 9th Jul. 1980 [Wednesday] in Accra.

Hearts 0-3 Kotoko**
Opoku Afriyie 7′
Francis Kumi 23′
Kofi Badu 81′

– Referee F.T Mensah dissallowed Albert Asaase heading goal.

– Hearts director was Alhaji Tijani and Kotoko Execultive Board Chairman was Frank Appeagyei.

– Opoku Nti, now General Manager was by then a player for kotoko.

LET’S LOOK AT BOTH CLUBS ENCOUNTERS ON THE MATCH DAY (MONDAY )

– Hearts of Oak are yet to beat Asante Kotoko on Monday.

Monday 6th March 1989 [INDEPENDENCE CUP] ACCRA.

Hearts 2-3 Kotoko

Emmanuel Quarshie got all the two goals for Hearts

Scorers for Kotoko : Yahaya Kassim, Joe Debrah & Kwaku Adu.

– Referee William Okuampah officiated that game.
Monday 4th April 1994. [MR S.K MAINOO MEMORIAL MATCH].
Kotoko 3-3 Hearts. Scorers for kotoko, Gasco Owusu Afriyie, Christian Sabah and Asare Bediako. Scorers for Hearts George Alhassan, Felix Karikari and Robert Sabah.
Monday 6th October 2014 [SUPER TWO, 1ST LEG]
Kotoko 2-0 Hearts
Ahmed Toure & Dauda Mohammed scored for Kotoko.

* LET’S LOOK AT THE MATCH DATE (2ND MAY)
– This will be the first time that the two teams are facing each other on MAY 2.
NB: But in 1979, their league game was supposed to be played on 2nd May but Hearts delayed at reported late so the match was scheduled to a different date.

* LET’S LOOK AT BOTH CLUBS LEAGUE GAMES PLAYED ON 2ND MAY (MATCH DATE).

2010-11 Season
Monday 2nd May 2011 [Day 26]
Hearts 3-0 BA Stars
Douglas Nkrumah ( brace) & one was penalty & Urial Asante.
Heart Of Lions vs Kotoko [rained off] Played on 3rd May, 2011.

2011-12 season
2nd May, 2012
Hearts 3-0 Wassaman
Mahatma Otu, Urial Asante & Godwin Osei Bonsu [pen]
Wassaman player,Abdul Bashiru got red card.
Lions 0-0 Kotoko

LET’S LOOK AT BOTH TEAMS MEETINGS (LEAGUE GAMES ONLY) IN THE MONTH OF MAY.
Total matches played – 12
Hearts wins – 4
Goals scored – 14
Kotoko wins – 3
Goals scored
– 15
Drawn games – 5
May 25, 1975

Kotoko 2-0 Hearts
Malik Jabir & Opoku Afriyie were scorers

May 16, 1976
Hearts 1-1 Kotoko
Kotey Kalala scored for Hearts and Gorden Prempeh scored for Kotoko
NB: Peter Lamptey missed penalty for Hearts.

May 3, 1978
Kotoko 1-2 Hearts

Victor Siriboe scored for Kotoko while Bismark Odoi & Douglas Tagoe got the goals for Hearts
NB: Hearts finished with 9 men.

– Robert Hammond and Seth Ampadu of Hearts were shown red card for challenging Referee Baah Alhassan decision for allowing Victor Siriboe goal to stand.

– There was a temporary hold up for 10 minutes.

– After the stampede,15 people were killed and several injured.

May 11, 1986
Hearts 0-1 Kotoko
Saarah Mensah

May 1, 1988
Kotoko 2-2 Hearts

Yusif Alhassan & Prince Opoku scored for kotoko while Henry Acquah & Joe Addo scored for Hearts

Note: Voilence broke out at the end of the game as Kotoko fans registered their disapproval at the performance of FIFA referee G.M Affidzie over the awarded of the penalty to Hearts.Some Installations were destroyed and wind screen of vehicles were smashed. The

GFA gave Kotoko 6 home game band and later reduced it to 3 games.
May 12, 1991
Kotoko 0-1 Hearts
Ezekiel Alamu 52′

May 29, 1994
Hearts 0-0 Kotoko

May 30, 1999
Kotoko 0-1 Hearts
Edmund Copson 24′
NB: Hearts played 10 men from 81st minutes.

– Referee Ibrahim Iddrisu gave Osmanu Amadu red card for elbowed Baba Amando.

May 9, 2001
Hearts 2-1 Kotoko
Lawrence Agyei scored first for Asante Kotoko in the 60th minutes and Ishmael Addo got the brace for Hearts.
NOTE: 126 fans were killed by police tear gas.

May 15, 2005
Kotoko 3-1 Hearts
Kotoko scored all the three goals in the first half [Douglas Nkrumah, Kwabena Dodzie & Dan Acquah] and Amankwaa Mireku got the consolation for Hearts in the 72nd minutes of the game.

May 25, 2008
Kotoko 3-3 Hearts
scorers for Kotoko [Kojo Poku, Eric Bekoe & Stephen Oduro]

Scorers for Hearts: Don Bortey, Francis Bossman & Eric Gawu]

May 4, 2013
Hearts 1-1 Kotoko
Winful Cobbina scored first in the 24th minutes for Hearts and Michael Helegbe got the equalizer for Kotoko in the 74th minutes.

* LET’S LOOK AT NON LEAGUE GAMES IN THE MONTH OF MAY

May 28,1995 [ECOWAS CUP] ACCRA

Hearts 0-2 Kotoko
Ernest Boateng scored first in the 1st minute & Prince Amoako double it for Kotoko.
May 14, 2006 [GT TOP 4] AT SUNYANI CORONATION PARK
Kotoko 1-1 Hearts
George Yamoah scored first in the 62nd minutes and Kwabena Boafo got the equalizer on the 76th minutes.
May 28, 2006 [ONE TOUCH GALA] IN OBUASI LEN CLAY
Kotoko 0-1 Hearts
Eric Gawu

* 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 1963-64 season
( Hearts 3-2 Kotoko)
Mfum scored in the 40′ minute but Hearts fought from the 1-0 goal deficit to win 3-2 in the 2nd half.

* Since May 9, 2001, No team has SCORED FIRST and lost the game.
Hearts 2-1 Kotoko
Ishmael Addo 77′ Lawrence Adjei 60′
Ishmael Addo 81′
Referee Joseph Wilson Sey was the official. Lawrence Adjei scored first in the 2nd half but Hearts fought back to win 2-1.

* LET’S NOW COME ON TO THE FIELD OF PLAY.

* The last time a team lost after starting the first half from International Conference Centre was 21st May 2002.
[(Hearts 3-0 Kotoko)
Charles Taylor 35′
Don Bortey 40′
Emmanuel Osei Kuffour 42′.
NB: Hearts used 7 minutes to score three Goals
and it also came in the 1st half)].

* Any team starting from the International Conference Centre [OSU CEMETRY] worst score line is draw.

* Do You Know that the last Ten [10] 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 five [5] times.

* Eric Donkor has NEVER Lost a League game at the Accra Sports Stadium against Hearts of Oak when he feature since joing Kotoko in 2011. He have played two games against Hearts

* LETS NOW LOOK AT HEARTS FIRST CHOICE GOAL-KEEPER:
Abdoulaye Soulama.

* Soulama Abdoulaye NEVER won a League Game at the Accra Sports Stadium when he kept the post for Asante Kotoko.

2007/08

Hearts 0-0 Kotoko

2009/10

Hearts 1-0 Kotoko

Samuel Affum

2011/12

Hearts 0-0 Kotoko

2012/2013

Hearts 1-1 Kotoko

Winful Cobbina for Hearts and Michael Helegbe for Kotoko

* Owusu Bempah and Rubin Gnange have never WON a league game against Asante Kotoko @ the Accra Sports Stadium.

* LET’S NOW LOOK @ THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT KOTOKO PLAYED A LEAGUE GAME @ HOME WHILE HEARTS PLAYED AGAINST A CLUB FROM ADANSI AND THE NEXT FIXTURE IS HEARTS VS KOTOKO @ THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM.

– THIS WILL BE THE 7TH TIME.

In 1992, Kotoko won at home to Goldfields while Hearts won away to Neoplan at Bekwai Gyamfi Park and the Day two match was

Hearts of Oak vs Kotoko in Accra
Day 1
16th February, 1992

At Kumasi
Kotoko 1-0 Goldfields
At Gyamfi Park, Bekwai
Neoplan 1-3 Hearts

IN ACCRA Day 2
23rd February 1992
Hearts 1-1 Kotoko
Scorer for Hearts Emmanuel Armah 90′ and Scorer for Kotoko Mahmoud Ahmed 82′

1997-98 SEASON
12th April 1998 [Day 12]

At Kumasi
Kotoko 1-1 Dwarfs

At Obuasi Len Clay
Goldfields 0- 1 Hearts
Joe Fameyeh

IN ACCRA
19th April 1998 (Day 13)

Hearts 1-1 Kotoko. Emmanuel Yartey scored first for kotoko and Joe Ansah got the equalizer for Hearts.

– Referee F.K Mensah from Tarkoradi was suspended for four matches for poor performance.

– Both teams started with 10 men. Before the game, there was a rumour that, the last player who will step on the pitch will loose the game (superstition). Both team players who wait before the start of the game ( Jacob Nartey for Hearts and Lawrence Amankwaa for Kotoko).

1999 SEASON
29th September 1999 [Day 29]
At kumasi
Kotoko 2-0 Okwawu

At Obuasi
Goldfields 2-1 Hearts

IN ACCRA [Day 30]
3rd October 1999
Hearts 2- 0 Kotoko
Emmanuel Osei Kuffour 74′ & Ishmael Addo 87′
NB: Kalilu Dramani of Kotoko got red card in that game from Referee Alex Quartey.

2008-09 SEASON.
27th May 2009 [Day 21]

At Obuasi
Ashanti Gold 1-0 Hearts

At Kumasi
Kotoko 3-0 Tema Youth

IN ACCRA [Day 22]
14th June 2009
Hearts 0-1 Kotoko
Francis Kwoffie

2013-14 SEASON.
15th September 2013 [Day 1]

At Bekwai Gyamfi Park
New Edubiase 0-2 Hearts

At Sunyani [Kotoko home game]
Kotoko 2-1 Aduana

IN ACCRA [Day 2]
22nd September 2013
Hearts 0-1 Kotoko
Seidu Bancey 29′
2014-15 SEASON

26TH July 2015 [Day 24]
At Kumasi
Kotoko 1-0 Ashanti Gold

At Obuasi July 25th
New Edubiase 2-1 Hearts

IN ACCRA [Day 25]
2nd August 2015
Hearts 1-2 Kotoko
scorer for Hearts: Inusah Musah & Dauda Mohammed scored [brace] for Kotoko.

* ASANTE KOTOKO YET TO WIN IN ACCRA
IN AN ELECTION YEAR.

* The first presidential election in Ghana was conducted on 27th April, 1960 but the football was played after the election.
1979

Hearts 1-0 Kotoko
1992

Hearts 1-1 Kotoko
1996

Hearts 3-3 Kotoko
2000

Hearts 4-0 Kotoko
2004

played after election

2008 outstanding game

Hearts 0-0 Kotoko
2012
played in 2013 after the election
now 2016?

* No team based in the Ashanti Region have WON against Hearts of Oak in Accra in the Month of MAY since the Introduction of 16 League clubs in 1999 (17 years).
23/05/99 Hearts 1-0 Goldfields
09/05/01 Hearts 2-1 Kotoko
19/05/02 Hearts 3-2 Faisal
28/05/02 Hearts 1-1 Goldfields
05/05/13 Hearts 1-1 Kotoko

Hearts: W3 D2 GF8 GA5

* LET’S NOW LOOK AT THE REFEREE (AWAL MOHAMMED)

* Referee Awal Mohammed have handled one league game between the two clubs in the 2011-12 season.
20th November 2011 [Day 7] Accra
Hearts 0-0 Kotoko

* LET’S NOW LOOK AT REFEREES THAT COMES FROM TAMALE
May 3, 1978
Kotoko 1-2 Hearts
Victor Siriboe scored for Kotoko while Bismark Odoi & Douglas Tagoe got the goals for Hearts
NB: Hearts finished with 9 men.

– Robert Hammond and Seth Ampadu of Hearts of Oak were shown red card for challenging Referee Baah Alhassan decision for allowing Victor Siriboe goal to stand.

– There was a temporary hold up for 10 minutes.
NB: Fifteen (15) people were killed and several injured after the stampede.

– Referee Baah Alhassan was from TAMALE but based in Sunyani.
May 30, 1999
Kotoko 0-1 Hearts
Edmund Copson 24′

NB: Hearts played 10 men from 81st minutes.

NB: Referee Ibrahim Iddrisu gave Osmanu Amadu red card for elbowed Baba Amando.
– Referee Ibrahim Iddrisu was from TAMALE.
* March 15, 2000 (Day 2)

Hearts 4-0 Kotoko Ishmael Addo 24′ & 31′, Kenneth Sarpong 52′ & Emmanuel Osei Kuffour 84′
NB: Red card to kotoko player, Felix Yeboah
* Referee Ibrahim Iddrisu was from TAMALE.

November 20, 2011
Hearts 0-0 Kotoko
Referee Awal Mohammed from TAMALE.

* Hearts of Oak are yet to BEAT Asante Kotoko on regulation time in a NATIONAL HOLIDAY.

– The only win for Hearts in a regulation time was June 4th 1989 (June 4th is only for Jerry John Rawlings and NDC party), which is not a NATIONAL HOLIDAY.
Hearts 2-1 Kotoko (Accra)
Hearts scorers: Ablade Kumah & Henry Acquah while Yusif Alhassan pulled one for Kotoko.

* The last time Hearts of Oak beat kotoko in a league match with a WHITE COACH while Asante Kotoko coach was a FORMER PLAYER was 1st June, 1971 (In Kumasi). Kotoko 0-1 Hearts scorer: Kofi Bruce.

* The last time Asante Kotoko beat Hearts of Oak @ the Accra Sports Stadium with a former player as a coach was 26th September, 1993.

Hearts 0-1 Kotoko. Frimpong Manso (pen) 75′.

NB: Kofi Nimo of Hearts penalty was saved by Goal-keeper Anthony Osei Kwadwo on the 30th minutes.

– Referee F.K Mensah was the centre man and Malik Jabir was Kotoko Head Coach.

* The last time Hearts of Oak won over Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium was 13th December 2009. (2009-10)
Hearts 1-0 Kotoko Samuel Affum scored the only goal.

* Hearts of Oak have kept 204 clean sheets out of 472 games in the GPL since 1999.

* Asante Kotoko have kept 214 clean sheets out of 473 games in the GPL since 1999.

* Hearts have won the GPL title on 19 occasions since the competition started in 1958. And remain, the only club who have competed in every season since the competition started in 1958.

* Asante Kotoko have won the Ghana league title on 23 times since the competition started on 1958.

* Hearts of Oak worse position in the GPL since the competition started is 13th with 40 points in the 2014-15 season.

* Asante Kotoko worse performance in the Ghana League since 1958 is 11th out of 15-club league in the 1970 season.

* Hearts of Oak last 5 games in the 2015-16 GPL.
20/03/16 Inter-Allies 2-3 Hearts (Day 5)
03/04/16 Hearts 1-3 All Stars (Day 6)
10/04/16 TCFC 0-0 Hearts (Day 7)
20/04/16 Hearts 1-1 WAFA (Day 8)
24/04/16 AshGold 1-2 Hearts (Day 9)
W2 D2 L1 GF7 GA7

* Asante Kotoko last 5 games in the 2015-16 GPL.
18/03/16 Kotoko 1-0 Hasaacas (Day 5)
03/04/16 Aduana 1-0 Kotoko (Day 6)
10/04/16 Kotoko 3-1 Liberty (Day 7)
30/04/16 Dreams 0-1 Kotoko (Day 8)
23/04/16 Kotoko 0-1 Edubiase (Day 9)
W3 L2 GF5 GA3

* Hearts of Oak are currently 2nd with 18 points after 9 games while Asante Kotoko on the other hand are 9th with 11 points on the Ghana top-flight log.

Facts compiled by Isaac Amponsah (Dr Ike), Director of Communications for Berekum Chelsea FC and Bright Yeboah Taylor of Ashh Fm

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