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Ghana FA Cup: Hearts of Oak crush Medeama to arrange ultimate date with Ashanti Gold



The Phobians are confirmed for a second consecutive appearance at the climax of the cup competition after brushing aside the Yellows and Mauves

Hearts of Oak are in the final of the Ghana FA Cup after their 3-0 win against Medeama on Sunday.

Benjamin Afutu, Isaac Mensah and Daniel Afriyie Barnieh found victory for the Phobians in one of two semi-finals at Cape Coast Stadium.

The Accra-based team faces the final showdown with Medeama next Sunday, where a win after their previous title triumph in the Ghanaian Premier League will seal a double.

The most successful club in cup competition history, Hearts, which last won the title 21 years ago, are hoping to win the second consecutive final after losing 3-1 to arch-rivals Asante Kotoko at the peak of 2017.

Samuel Boadu’s men already have 10 titles in the cup competition, which is scheduled for the first time in four years after a disruption in the domestic game calendar, firstly due to a bribery and match-fixing scandal and secondly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, Afutu headed home to give Hearts the lead in the 12th minute before Mensah circled the goalkeeper to get the ball into the net in the 58th minute.

Nine minutes later, Afriyie completed the goal for the Phobians with a penalty in the 53rd minute and put the team on their way to a possible 11th title.

In the other semi-final game, AshGold secured a place in the final with a 4-1 win over Chelsea after extra time.

The game ended 1-1 in regular time after Stephen Sarfo in 51.

In extra time, Amos Nkrumah gave AshGold the lead with a long-range shot in the second minute, two minutes before Chelsea’s day went from bad to bad with Stephen Abaidoo’s dismissal for a second bookable offense.

Addai scored his second goal of the evening in the 105th minute, rounded off the goalkeeper and eased himself into the net to make it 3-1 for the Miners before half-time of extra time.

After the break, Seth Osei sealed the victory three minutes before the end with a goal to make it 4-1 for his team.

The Obuasi-based team, who lost the 2012 final to New Edubiase United, are well on their way to claiming their first FA Cup title since 1993 when they won their only gold.



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