The roaring Lions targeting their first domestic crown?
Not many local clubs can boast of the attacking talents churned out by the Kpando based Premier League club. From Sadat Bukari to Eric Bekoe to Dominic Adiyia to Samuel Yeboah, the Voltarians are noted for developing attacking talents almost on a yearly basis. Who are they bringing out this year? We live to see.
The multi-million question, however remains why they are yet to taste domestic league success, albeit bankrolled by the then millionaire owner, Victor Kwame Ahiakpor. With the change of ownership from Kwame to another famous administrator in Randy Abbey, one can only imagine the same financial status, if not bettered.
Formed as a community club in early 2002, Heart of Lions’ rise to the highest ladder in Ghana football is not only strange but supersonic.
A reminder of the 2004 Top 4 heroics that will later become a cliché in the infamous “yen bo biom”, is one of several outstanding performances by the giant killers.
A quick reminder of their 11 goal thriller against Hearts of Oak cements their status as one of the feared forces locally. They joined the elite league just over a decade ago.
The archive books of the crusading family bring to your doorsteps the league profile of the Kpando based side since their qualification.
A couple of near misses might be used as an excuse for not winning the league, but their 314 league matches played in the topflight churned out 111 victories, with 109 defeats while scoring 330 goal in the Ghanaian domestic league. Their status as a feeder club might have to be considered too, as the red contingents have suddenly made Heart of Lions their hunting grounds.
The figures below represent the performance of heart of lions on the league
314 matches played
121 matches won
330 goals scored
326 goals conceded
444 points amassed
2 times runners up
6 times in the top 4
Expectation of Fans
With no mass exodus to handle and given enough time to prepare, the supporters of the Kpando based club might not be asking too much if they demand the domestic crown as part their legitimate right.
They might have chased Kumasi Asante Kotoko all the way last season, but have they invested that much to demand a league crown? Their playing squad might not be large, but at least it is solid and has enough depth to go all the way.
With one of the best local coaches in Yusif Abubakar, and a top 4 finish last season, where will the Lion family be at the end of the 2014/15 league season?
Your guess is as good as mine!
Long live the local league
Long live the Pride of the Volta
Better luck to the roaring lions.