The Phobians have struggled to replicate the form that earned them the crown last season- which ended a ten year wait.
Board member Frank Nelson believes they can give the Kotoko a hot chase in the title run-in.
“When you are a champion, you are a potential danger so everybody will know how you did it and nobody is in line for jokes so it is going to be a little bit of challenge so if you make a little bit of mistake, you put yourself under stress,” Nelson told Africa-foot.com.
“I think that the Africa [CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup] we went, not that it’s a problem but our boys were young and there is so much exposure in terms of travelling outside.
”But we are learning stage by stage so I think that it’s [league title chase] not over, somebody will say it’s over but I look at it and it’s not yet over.”
Hearts of Oak defeated Dreams FC 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to reach the final of the MTN FA Cup for the second successive season.