Hearts of Oak and Bechem United will go head-to-head in the final of the 2022 MTN FA Cup at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday, June 26.
The Accra-based side are looking to defend the title they won last season having beaten AshantiGold on penalties while are hoping to replicate the success of 2016 when they defeated Okwawu United.
Both teams’ run to the final did not come easy Bechem United had to overcome five teams en route to reaching the final, while Hearts beat four teams in the process of securing a final berth.
We take a look at the road to the final for both teams ahead of Sunday’s kickoff.
Hearts commenced their title defence with at home against Golden Kicks in the round of 32. The Rainbow club saw off their opposition with a convincing 5-2 scoreline to progress to the round of 16, where they were drawn against Elmina Sharks.
Sharks, who suffered relegation from the Ghana Premier League at the end of the held Hearts to a 2-2 draw in regular time before losing 7-8 on penalties.
Hearts’ next in the quarterfinal stage of the FA Cup managed a narrow 1-0 win over Division One League side, Skyy Football Club.
In a cagey contest in the semifinal, Samuel Boadu’s side proved superior over Dreams FC in a 3-2 game at the Accra Sports Stadium to earn a spot in the final.
Unlike Hearts, Bechem started their FA Cup run from the round of 16, where they managed a 2-1 victory over AshantiGold away from home. The Hunters then needed penalty shootouts to edge out Bibiani Gold Stars in the round of 32, after playing out a 1-1 stalemate in regular time.
4-2 wins over Kumawuman United and Tamale City in the last 16 and quarterfinal respectively meant that Kassim Mingle’s side booked a place in the semifinal of this season’s FA Cup.
In what was expected to be their toughest game, Bechem United saw off the challenge from Aduana Stars with a 2-0 scoreline at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park to advance to the final.
In the last four games involving these two teams, Bechem United have no wins while Hearts have picked up two wins, with the other two ending in stalemates.
Can Bechem pick up a second FA Cup title? or will Hearts be able to defend their trophy from last season? Sunday, at the Baba Yara Stadium will be the day to tell.
Source: Ghana News