Accra Hearts of Oak were crowned Ghana Premier League (GPL) champions on Saturday despite falling 1-0 to WAFA at Sogakope in the final round of matches of the competition.
Hearts sealed the feat with a game to spare after drawing 1-1 with Liberty Professionals in the penultimate match in Accra with their closest followers, Asante Kotoko dropping the three points at Bechem.
Saturday’s game meant more for WAFA than the Phobians who were set to collect the giant trophy and cheque for GH¢250, 000 as prize money, despite the outcome.
The host, however, needed the points more to cement their third place and gave it their best shot to momentarily spoil the planned Phobian party.
Youssifou Atte struck the only goal in the second half with free kick and held on to the lead tightly till the referee’s whistle went for the end of proceedings.
As their biggest feat in the history, the young academy lads celebrated as they were decorated with bronze medals.
But the defeat notwithstanding, the Phobians, backed by a vociferous crowd, created the party mood with the rendition of several club songs.
On the field of play, the players made the lap of honour to acknowledge the cheers from their followers while other took the opportunity to take memorable photographs.