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Great Olympics at 70: A journey of triumphs, setbacks and lasting legacy in Ghanaian football

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Great Olympics is a name that has significance in Ghanaian club football. At certain points in its history, Oly Dade was considered the third most prominent team in Ghanaian club football.

Nevertheless, the club’s journey to its current status was not smooth; it was marked by countless memorable and challenging moments. These include victories in FA Cup competitions and league titles, as well as the experience of competing at continental level in Africa. However, during the trip, the club also faced relegation from the Ghana Premier League.

The foundation

Founded in 1954, Great Olympics has developed into one of Ghana’s traditional clubs.

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Great Olympic Games at the age of 70. Photo credit: Great Olympics via X

The team was founded by SO Glover, SA Okwabi, EC Oblitey, Adja Provençal, WP Tetteh, Amos Josiah and JK Ameka and many others in Sakumono. Little did the founding fathers know that they were on their way to making history and the fate of many footballers who would come to Accra for years to come.

Triumphs and setbacks

The club has two Ghana Premier League titles to its name (1970 and 1974), while finishing as runners-up in the league four times, with three FA Cups (1975,1983,1995) in the trophy cabinet.

Only Asante Kotoko (24), Hearts of Oak (21) and Ashanti Gold (4) have more Ghana Premier League titles than Great Olympics, who are tied with Aduana Stars on two trophies each. The club also won the Guinness Gala competition three times. in 1977, 1992 and 1997.

For its first 24 years, the team competed in the Ghana Premier League, while utilizing talent in Accra to make an impact in Ghanaian club football. Then came the turning point, 1970. At the Major Olympic Games they were crowned champions of the Ghana Premier League for the first time, and four seasons later the club won the trophy for the second time.

A name that many in the country will remember is Cecil James Attuquayefio. A midfielder whose skills inspired and propelled the Olympics to greatness. Attuquayefio was crucial to the team in the 1970s alongside strikers Peter Lamptey and Edward Boye.

These names will forever be remembered as crucial in marking an era for the club as the Olympics competed at the top for another twenty years.

However, the early 2000s were not smooth days for the Accra club. The 2004 Olympics were relegated and the team seemed to lack a sense of consistency and purpose in their performance.

However, they managed to return to Ghana’s top flight and have not looked back. By believing in themselves and working within the available resources, the Wonder Boys have restored balance to their cause. However, they are struggling to establish their dominance in the competition.

One man who has remained with the club since the age of nine is Joseph Odartey Boye, popularly known as Paa Boye. Boye has spent 61 years at the club and believes that despite the problems during the Major Olympics, the team is still a team to remember in Ghanaian football.

Great Olympics will always be remembered as a great club. As I said, many people have contributed to where the club is today in Ghana, but even though the team may not be as great as it was before, the dedication, passion, perseverance and unity are ingrained in the team and looking back it still is an amazing experience. something to see and hold“, he told 3Sports in an exclusive interview.

Rivalry with Hearts of Oak

One of the best, if not the best, in the country. The Wonder Boys have always had a great rivalry with league giants Accra Hearts of Oak.

Although Hearts have often walked away with more wins and titles at the end of league campaigns, the Olympics have never made it easy for them, and in recent years of social media dominance the rivalry has taken a different toll off the pitch and in traditional media . now on digital platforms, especially social media.

Current status

Great Olympics currently sit 12th in the league and will be looking to achieve a strong finish at the end of the season.

After seven decades full of league titles, FA Cups, countless goal awards for their players and the rollercoaster of relegations, Oly Dade is standing. They remain the people’s club. The Wonder Club.

For seventy years they fought relentlessly and pursued glory, enduring highs and lows, good days and frustrating times. Through it all, their loyal fans have never wavered in their support. Great Olympics has undoubtedly done itself proud.