Rangers beat Hearts to spoil centenary party

Published on: 13 November 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

Nigeria club Enugu Rangers sent Hearts of Oak’s centenary celebrations tumbling after claiming a 2-1 win at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Two explosive second half strikes by Razak Adegbete and George Aguda in the 73rd and 80th minute respectively proved far too strong for the celebrants who could only manage a late consolation through Uriah Asante from a spot kick.

Sunday’s game which recorded a very disappointing turnout was expected to serve as the icing on the cake for Heart’s month-long celebrations to mark its 100 years of existence but rather turned into their worst nightmare.

After playing some delightful football especially late in the first half and very early on in the second, striker Mahatma Otoo and Uriah Asante who in particular was very influential throughout the game spurned numerous goal scoring opportunities.

Substitutions made by stand-in coach Tanko Ibrahim did little to help Hearts' course as it rather weakened the team.

One of such substitute's Faisal Yusif turned instant villain in the 73rd minute when his poor attempt to clear a loose ball fell kindly to Adegbete who made no mistakes at all in planting the ball firmly past substitute goalie Laud Quartey to silence the few Hearts fans at the Stadium.

The Phobians' subsequent charge for an equalizer was dearly punished by a Rangers swift counter attack which was neatly finished off by Aguda at a time Hearts have committed almost every player forward for an elusive goal.

Referee William Agbovi then eventually handed Hearts a soft late penalty which was converted by Uriah Asante but remained only a consolation as the whistle was blasted moments later to end the game.

Not only does the defeat mar Hearts' centenary celebrations, but it also gives Asante Kotoko who had their coach Maxwell Konadu in the stands a psychological edge ahead of next week's top of the table league clash in Accra.



  • Agyengo
    says: 8 years ago
    oh poor hearts of oak 100yrs but still sufering more defeat.kudos to rangers for their brilliance performance.sunday kotoko is going to worsen it 4 dem.
  • rasta
    says: 8 years ago
    well done phobia, fabu de best.
  • Troy
    says: 8 years ago
    Oh ma wish has come to pass.Fabulous
  • Alex Boadu
    says: 8 years ago
    Poor hearts so u allowed enugu rangers to uproot the mighty oak tree with thier small axe,anyway watch out the porcupine warriors are coming after u on sunday. Faaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous the BEST.
  • oti-asirifi
    says: 8 years ago
    So did the centenary planning team know that Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now ? What was the plan to play Enugu Rangers? Just to engage a team? Am terribly petrified as to whether the players knew they represented what Phobia has stood for over 5he years. It was almost a punishment watching Hearts play. Too bad. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. And I don’t think whoever was part of this event accept these values. There is clear lack of concentration of purpose somewhere, and that is sickening. It’s a disgrace. Ah Hearts paa.
  • Okrah bendi
    says: 8 years ago
    Poor hearts u disappointed ur fan again in ur 100yrs clebtion.get ready to loose again on sunday. FABU De best
  • Mustapha, Paris
    says: 8 years ago
    What happened to the phobians today? They did their part on the part of thr referee but they unfortunately started the game with eleven men, hmm!!
  • Paddy
    says: 8 years ago
    Big shame 2 phobia e oak tree wil suffa anotha defeat come next wik sunda fabu simply the best
  • Paddy
    says: 8 years ago
    Fans of the oak tree shd learn 2 support their team at al time
  • Kpogas
    says: 8 years ago
    Fabu de best!
  • duodu
    says: 8 years ago
    cograts phobia.hundred years without our stadium, training pitch,club house,quality jerseys. it's really worth celebrating
  • bright
    says: 8 years ago
    its normal,thats football 4 u
  • Joemay
    says: 8 years ago
    Oh phobia! as this one, I was backing you truely with my heart. In fact, you made me sad as fabulous as I am. But we won't 4give you Sunday too, so prepare
  • Danso Peprah kwadwo
    says: 8 years ago
    Hearts why, en3 nso biom, u have disappointed ghanaians again n for that matter kotoko will punish u massively on sunday..... Watch out for ur punishment phobia
  • Quameni Amani Tagol
    says: 8 years ago
    Need more work to be done.phobia.watch the sunday match carefully if onli juju can't play the match
  • Test man
    says: 8 years ago
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  • Yaw
    says: 8 years ago
    Only favourable officiating can help hearts win anything. Watch out for two dubious penalties against kotoko on Sunday.