On February, 12 2001 Accra Hearts of Oak featured on the World Soccer Weekly Chart compiled by CNN.
Hearts of Oak had already beaten Zamalek of Egypt 2-0 on February 11, 2001, to lift the CAF Super Cup at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Led by head coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, the CAF Champions League winners, Accra Hearts of Oak dominating the African Cup Winners’ Cup champions.
Charles Taylor drew the first blood in Kumasi on the 11th minute to stun the visitors. Emmanuel Osei Kuffour then grabbed the second goal to seal the victory for Accra Hearts of Oak.
Before participating in the CAF Super Cup final, Accra Hearts of Oak had dismissed Al Ahly, Jeanne d’Arc and Lobi Stars in the group stages of the CAF Champions League in 2000. Accra Hearts of Oak beat every one of their opponents, accruing 14 points in the process.
Phobia stunned Esperance of Tunisia in their backyard, defeating them 2-1 with goals from the deadly duo, Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour. The reverse fixture saw a much better performance from Accra Hearts of Oak as they scored three late goals to come back from a goal down.
Emmanuel Osei Kuffour scored a brace before Ishmael Addo found the net late on to give the home side a 3-1 victory at the Accra Sports Stadium.
After a stellar performance, Accra Hearts of Oak rubbed shoulders with the likes AS Roma, Real Madrid, Boca Juniors of Argentina, and Manchester United on the list.
Below is a list of the top 10 clubs announced by CNN/World Soccer
- AS Roma (Italy) 90 points
- Boca Juniors (Argentina) 89 points
- Real Madrid (Spain) 83 points
- Manchester United (England) 81points
- Bayern Munich (Germany) 60 points
- Deportivo La Coruna (Spain) 53 points
- Vasco da Gama (Brazil) 48 points
- Hearts of Oak (Ghana) 26 points
- Arsenal (England) 25 points
- Lazio (Italy) 22 points