Hearts of Oak and Bechem United will face-off in the final of the 2021/22 MTN FA Cup at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.
The Phobians are making their 3rd consecutive appearance in the final and are hoping to win it back to back and also for the 12th time, while the Hunters are in hunt for their 2nd FA Cup trophy after winning it in 2016.
Rout to the final
Hearts of Oak
- Accra Lions 0-1 Hearts of Oak
- Hearts of Oak 5-2 Golden Kicks
- Hearts of Oak 2-2 Elmina Sharks (Hearts won 8-7 on penalties)
- Skyy 0-1 Hearts of Oak
- Hearts of Oak 3-2 Dreams
- AshantiGold 1-2 Bechem United
- Bibiani Gold Stars 1-1 Bechem United (Bechem United won 6-5 on penalties)
- Bechem United 4-2 Kumawuman United
- Bechem United 4-2 Tamale City
- Bechem United 2-0 Aduana FC
What they had to say
Head Coach of Hearts of Oak Samuel Boadu after the 4-1 defeat to Real Tamale United
“We have to sit the players down and talk to them ahead of the final. The players are not happy about the scoreline as well as the technical team. The supporters are angry at us after this defeat. For now, we have to prepare well and go in for the trophy”.
Bechem United coach Kassim Mingle
“Preparations for the game are ongoing, we don’t want to put pressure on the boys. We have played with them in the league so the playing body knows them well, therefore we are doing normal preparation towards the game.”
“We won’t write them off as a result of their poor run of form currently. Hearts of Oak are no pushovers. Surely, we are winning on Sunday so I will urge all fans of Bechem to come to the stadium and support us lift the trophy,” he added.
Head to head
In history, this will be the 13th meeting between the two sides in all competitions (excluding truncated seasons), Hearts of Oak has won 9 times and Bechem United has won 3 times, with the remaining 2 games ending in a draw.
Last five meetings between the two sides
- Bechem United 1-1 Hearts of Oak
- Hearts of Oak 0-0 Bechem United
- Bechem United 0-1 Hearts of Oak
- Hearts of Oak 6-1 Bechem United
- Bechem United 1-0 Hearts of Oak
Team news and Predicted lineups
Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak will be without some few key players. Isaac Mensah, Ibrahim Salifu, Abdul Aziz Nurudeen, Amankwah Baafi are all out of the squad due to varied reasons. Per reports, Sulley Muntari is also out of the game. However, supporters chief of the club, Elvis Herman has downplayed those reports.
Bechem United have nearly a full house available for the game. Emmanuel Annor and Aaron Essel who have missed the last few games due to national assignment with the Black Satellites are back in the squad and are available for selection.
Kickoff time and where to watch
The game will kickoff at 5:00 pm and will be telecasted on StarTimes Adepa Channel
Latif Adaari will be the center-referee. He will be assisted by Stephen Balanguena (Assistant One), Kofi Nyarko Bakai (Assistant Two), Jones Akubiem (Fourth Referee).
Andrews Dery will be the Match Commissioner.
The two teams have already met two times this season and both games have ended in draws. With the way both sides are likely to approach the game, this game is likely to end in a draw and penalties would be needed to separate the two sides.