Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko have missed out on meeting each other in the semi-final of the MTN FA Cup semi-final during a grand draw held at the M Plaza Hotel in Accra yesterday.
The meeting, which would have been the sixth time both sides would be meeting this year, saw the Phobians paired up against two-time champions, Medeama SC, while defending champions of the Ghana Premier League (GPL), Wa All Stars, will take on eight times champions, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, in a repeat of the 2015 final.
The Tarkwa-based side edged the Porcupine Warriors in the finals with a 2-1 victory at the Sekondi Essipon Stadium in 2015, and has already beaten them in the first round of the GPL, paving way for a dramatic showdown at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi on September 30th, and 1st October, 2017.
Hearts of Oak are also keen on breaking their FA Cup trophy drought of 17 years amidst a stiff opposition from a Wa All Stars side who have vowed to atone their fans for their abysmal performance in their league title defence.
A cash prize of GH¢50, 000 has been allotted to the winner of the competition while runners up will receive GH¢ 15,000.The club that will represent Ghana at the CAF Confederation Cup will however receive a whooping GH¢100, 000 for adequate preparation. Each of the 4 teams will receive GH¢7, 000 each plus GH¢1, 000 air time.
MTN mobile money holders will have the opportunity to buy tickets through using the mobile money system ahead of the final which will played at the Tamale Sports Stadium on 29th of October 2017.
…with Gottlieb Baako