A golden generation of Hearts of Oak players burst onto the scene and luckily was under the distinguished tutelage of Jones Attoquayfio who moulded a winsome team famously known as ‘The 64 Battalion’.
The individual potential of players like Jacob Nettey, Amankwah Mireku, Charles Allottey, Adja-Tetteh, Edmund Copson, Charles Taylor, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Ishmael Addo and so on were best exploited under Sir Cecil.
The first which was won in the 1996/97 season ended the Hearts’ six-year wait for the league trophy and more importantly got them on the way to what will eventually be a total dominance of the local game.
The art of team work was vaguely demonstrated with this side and no one came dare came close, not even fellow heavyweights Asante Kotoko who during this period suffered their biggest defeat in the big Ghanaian derby – a 4-0 thrashing which still haunts them till now.
Their hard work, dedication and their unblemished commitment to the Phobian course was eventually rewarded with the club’s first African title in a dramatic finale against Tunisian club Esperance in the year 2000.
It was at this point that their cult statuses were confirmed and every now and then Ghanaians are reminded of their great works though a famous millennium song composed for the club after the Champions League triumph.
Phobia…Never Say Die.
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