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Super Clash: Players That Have Played For Both Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko Featured

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Several players have had the honour, or perhaps the tenacity, to play for both Accra Hearts of Oak SC and Asante Kotoko SC in their career with varying levels of success. 

Sometimes the moves have been made years apart and sometimes they have been direct either way, the player has often been despised by the club he played for first.

When Hearts and Kotoko clash, the match is referred to as ‘Super Clash‘ due to the fact the teams hail from the two biggest cities in Ghana and are the biggest and most successful clubs in the West African country.

 
Between them they’ve been around for 198 years and in that time no fewer than 1,000 men have played for either club. But among that number are twenty who have played for BOTH teams in their careers.
 
In this piece, we will have a look at some of those players who featured for both clubs in recent years.
 
1. Charles Taylor
 
Without doubt the most notorious example on this list, Taylor went fromm being Hearts' darling to their number one enemy when he joined Kotoko in 2003 for then domestic transfer record fee.
 
Taylor was the best player at the club at the time and played an integral member of the Hearts team that won consecutive league titles, CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup.
 
2. Lawrence Adjei
 
Adjei remains one of the very few former Hearts and Kotoko players that is still thought of fondly by both sets of supporters. The winger only played one season for the Porcupine Warriors in 2000/01 and scored 10 goals in 16 appearances earning him a move to Russia's Spartak Moscow. Moves to Armenia Bielefeld and SV Eintracht Trier 05 before returning to the country to relaunch his career with the Phobians in 2003 with whom he won the CAF Confederations Cup in 2005.
 
3. Louis Agyemang
 
Agyemang was a Hearts youth product who was called up for the senior team in 2002,then a left-back, he was transformed into a potent forward who terrorised opponents with his pace and trickery.
 
At the height of his stardom, Agyemang completed a move to Kaizer Chiefs in 2005, though ended up being a flop. A knee injury sustained never allowed him to reach the heights he achieved at Hearts, and after a spell at Etoile du Sahel, he found himself signing for Hearts' deepest rivals, Kotoko, in 2008.
 
4. Emmanuel Osei Kuffour
 
Just like Lawrence Adjei, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour is still thought of by both set of fans. The 'General' as he popularly known in the Ghanaian football circles joined the Phobians in 1998 from Ebusua Dwarfs. He spent seven years with the Accra club and won everything there was to win domestically and on the continent.
 
He left Hearts to join Tractor Sazi briefly and returned to the country to relaunch his career with Ashantigold SC for a season and joined Kotoko in 2008.
 
5. Eric Ofori Antwi
 
The former national goalkeeper joined the Phobians this season after an unsuccessful spell with Legon Cities. Prior to his move to Cities, he had played for Medeama and featured for Asante Kotoko between 2014 and 2017.
 
6. Douglas Nkrumah
 
The winger joined Kotoko from Power FC in 2004 and instantly became an integral member of the Kotoko set up. He was with the Kumasi club for three seasons and saw our his contract before joining the Phobians in 2007.
 
7. Joe Louis
 
The diminutive winger was one of the exciting players in the Ghanaian topflight during his days with King Faisal Babes. His displays earned him a move to Asante Kotoko in 2002.
 
He had a quick feet and a wonderful acceleration and the ability to create and score goals. After two seasons with the Porcupine Warriors, he joined their rivals Hearts in 2004.
 
8. Akwasi Bobie Ansah
 
He was arguably the best right-back in the division during his days with King Faisal Babes. His performances didn't go unnoticed as he was rewarded with a lucrative move to Hearts. After a four-year stay with the Phobians, he joined Kotoko.
 
9. Kofi Agyare
 
The rugged centre-back joined Kotoko in December 2012 after an image tainting sell with Hearts of Oak. Agyare was sacked by Hearts of Oak for making bribery allegations against the club.
 
10. Michael Asante
 
The late Asante was a workaholic midfielder who warmed his way into the hearts of everybody who watched him play. He joined Hearts in 2009 from Kotoko but could not establish himself in the Hearts team and left for Sekondi Hasaacas after just a season.
 
11. Ollenu Ashitey
 
The winger completed a two-year deal to Kotoko in January 2017 after some exhilarating displays with the Phobians. He struggled to become a mainstay at Kotoko and was released after the expiration of his contract.
 
Honourable Mentions
 
C.K.Gyamfi,Amusa Gbadamoshie,Wallace Addy, Osei Kofi, Sam Ampeh, Seth Ampadu, Nana Eshun, Kofi Owusu, Sampson Lamptey,Thomas Hammond, Kofi Abbrey, Opoku Afriyie, Michael Asante, Emmanuel Yartey, Edward Agyemang Duah, Edward Affum, Nicholas Addo, Soulama Abdoulaye
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