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HEARTS 4 , KOTOKO 0 - Today in History ( 15th March 2000)

On this day, 15th March, 18 years ago, a dominant and rampaging Accra Hearts of Oak humiliated Asante Kotoko by 4 goals to nothing.  

Kotoko never recovered from the defeat as they finished fourth and 17 points off eventual Champions Hearts of Oak. 

Asante Kotoko had beaten Hearts in the final of the J. O. T Agyemang cup by a goal to nothing drawing the battle line for this epic encounter, revenge or repeat. 

It was also a sweet revenge for Hearts who endured a painful 20-year wait for this opportunity to avenge a 3-0 beating they received at the hands of Kotoko in a league match at the Accra Stadium in 1980. 

The defeat was Kotoko's biggest since their 5-0 loss to Dwarfs in 1969.

Ishmael Addo scored a first half brace before Ken Sarpong extended the lead seven minutes into the second half. 

Asante Kotoko's Felix Yeboah was sent off for a second bookable offence after he committed a foul on Emmanuel Adjogu who  had replaced Ishmael Addo.

Emmanuel Osei Kuffour nailed Kotoko to the cross with a well taken goal with six minutes of the game to spare.
Jubilant players of Hearts of Oaks
The fans went haywire with the famous phobia song;
"Hearts eleven is a mighty team /3x/
Arose arose arose
Be quiet and don’t be silly
We are the famous Hearts of Oak
We never say die"

Kuffuor who later represented Kotoko also rounded up Hearts' 3-0 win over Kotoko on July 21st 2002.

The scoreline remains the highest margin of victory in the history of the Hearts-Kotoko rivalry. 

Will Kotoko ever get a revenge? 

Video credit: Accra Hearts of Oak SC 

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