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Hearts of Oak win first Ghana Premier League title after 12yrs

The Phobians shared spoils with Liberty Professionals on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium in matchday 33 GPL fixture to secure the team’s first title in 12 years

Accra Hearts of Oak have won their first major title since 2008/09 and finally, the wait is over for the Phobians who are champions of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League(GPL) with a game left to be played.

Hearts of Oak last won the GPL in the 2008/09 season, led by Serbian trainer Kosta Papic, who had a brief reunion with the club this season.

The Phobians shared spoils with Liberty Professionals on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium in matchday 33 GPL fixture to secure the team’s first title in 12 years.

Daniel Afriyie Barnieh shot Hearts of Oak into the lead through a first half header after he latched on Salifu Ibrahim’s cross but Kwame Paul’s strike in the 87th minute for the Scientific Soccer lads levelled things up.

The draw sees Hearts of Oak lift the 2020/21 GPL with 61 points, 4points ahead of second-placed Asante Kotoko who lost today at the Nana Gyeabour Park to Bechem United by 2-1.

The Phobians will claim the Ghana Football Association(GFA) reward of ¢250,000 cash Prize, the GPL trophy plus 40 gold medals, ¢10,000 worth of groceries from Melcom Shopping Center.

The new cash prize package is an increment of the GH¢180,000 Aduana Stars received for winning the last league title in the 2016/17 campaign.

The victory means the 2000 CAF Champions League winner will be making a return to Africa’s most prestigious club competition for the first time in a decade.

Hearts of Oak has now won its 21st GPL title after 12 years.

Mark F. | SilverFM  

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