Hearts vs Kotoko

Hearts Vs Kotoko
If you ever see huge balls of kenkey choking the gutters of Accra or Fufu choking the gutters of Kumasi, then you know there was a match between Hearts and Kotoko. This time, the Ashantis got to eat their Fufu. Hearts Vs Kotoko
Hearts Vs Kotoko
As part of the Ghana Soccer story I’m working on, I decided to photograph the Accra Hearts of Oak versus Kumasi Asante Kotoko 9th May match. It was a significant game I couldn’t afford to miss.
Hearts Vs Kotoko
Nine years ago, 127 Ghanaians died watching a match between Ghana’s arch rivals Hearts and Kotoko at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra. If I remember the facts correctly, it was some incompetent Policemen who made the matter get out of hand.
Hearts Vs Kotoko
I went to church in the morning and only got hint of the match on Peace FM on my way home. By the time I dropped the family and returned to the stadium, they were already in the second half. Just before I could park, I noticed I had left my wallet at home so I had to turn around and go fetch it. When I came back, it was just about 5 minutes to the end of the game.
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The good thing though was that, that was when Hearts was mounting all the pressure on Kotoko, trying to equalize. That allowed me to get some amazing shots. The fans were also charged up. The light was just right. I hanged around a bit after the game and I feel my perseverance really paid off.Hearts Vs KotokoHearts Vs KotokoHearts Vs Kotoko

The Police at the Stadium were just amazing. Super friendly, extremely professional, really tolerant. The Hearts fans felt robbed but they were very friendly. It was a game of healing and everything about the atmosphere was positive. It’s a game to remember.Hearts Vs Kotoko Hearts Vs Kotoko

Comments

"Hass versus Kotoko" go wayyyyyy back. Its refreshing to see the rivalry is still there.
BTW, what made this a game of healing?

Mike
MIghTy African said…
nice pictures man!
The stadium looks kind of empty though for a Hearts-Kotoko match.
And to think neither of them won the Ghanaian Premier League is interesting. Both lost out to Aduana Stars?

Who would have dreamt?
Teddy said…
Lovely pictures, Nana.
Erns said…
nice picture and love the colors

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