Heaviest defeat: Today in history: Hearts disgrace Kotoko


On 15th March, 2000, the soccer warriors of Accra Hearts of Oak massacred their bitterest rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko by 4-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium

There is nothing we can write to do justice to this game. It is the heaviest Hearts of Oak win against Kotoko; it’s Kotoko’s heaviest defeat against Hearts.

It stands out as the historic score line in the Hearts-Kotoko rivalry; and it has stood as the height to which the new generation of Phobia players can aspire.

It was the single biggest weapon in the Hearts armoury that silenced a million Kotoko supporters. Ishmael Addo’s first half exquisite brace, coupled with Kenneth Sarpong’s peach of a goal and Emmanuel Osei Kuffor’s gorgeous ghosting goal, are the historic moments in Ghanaian club football that will never go into oblivion.

Hearts were destined for success that year, as they won the historic treble of league, FA Cup and CAF Champions League titles and again won the CAF Super Cup in early, 2001 and were consequently rated 8th in the World Soccer/CNN World weekly rating of clubs in the 2nd week of February, 2001.

The Hearts team of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, nick-named the 64-battalions was a team to watch and most soccer pundits rate them as the greatest the Phobians have ever had.

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