Everything is at stake to combat it out for as both Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak will cap their season with with any outcome any two of the clubs will get in Tamale.
This year's MTN FA Cup final between Kotoko and Hearts reminisces us back to 2005 when both clubs were fighting for the maiden edition of the CAF Confederations which made friends and relatives enemies of one another. The hunger and sheer struggle for victory and bragging right encapsulated what was expected in the game and this afternoon's encounter at a neutral venue envisages an electrifying and soothing atmosphere of conducive and top-level football between the two most glamorous sides in Ghana football.
After giving away the league title chase to WAFA and Aduana Stars to fight for the ultimate where the "Ogya Boys" won the diadem before week twenty-nine, Accra Hearts of oak Oak will reside everything they have on the prestigious FA Cup trophy as if their life depends on it.
The writings on the wall favourably sparkle and brew out the "Rainbow" team as favourite to win this encounter and will be backed by the availability of all their master key holders who have unlocked most coded sides this season in the league including at the national team with skillful Winful Cobbinah, no nonsense Vincent Atinga, leader and experienced Thomas Abbey, speedster and the dazzler Patrick Razaq and in form Kwame Kizito to be selected from among others to lead the starting XI.
There is no single injury record at Hearts of Oak prior to this game and that serves as a morale boaster heading towards the game.
With five games played thus far in the FA Cup this season, Hearts of Oak have only played Wa All Stars as a premier league side in the semi finals in Obuasi where they won by 2-1 immediately after WAFU championship with Patrick Razaq and Kwame Kizito getting on the score sheet for Hearts of Oak.
Akin, Kumasi Asante Kotoko also had to play Medeama SC in the semi finals as their only test in the year's FA Cup competition which they won via Sadick Adams' extra time winner at the Len Clay Sports Stadium.
Sadick Adams, who has been the hub of goals for the Porcupine Warriors since his introduction into the Kumasi Asante Kotoko set up is set to miss out the game after picking up a knock during the team's final training session at the Tamale sports stadium yesterday, with Jackson Owusu, whose return to the Kotoko set up has added purpose and urgency from midfield to attack likely to miss the game today.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko gave up the league chase almost midway through the season with their wishy-washy and indecisive attitude throughout their ranks and files and have prepared fervently for this day and encounter which can make their teeming fans forget their hoodoos they've gone through this season if they win the trophy.
In fact, Kumasi Asante Kotoko have had a torrid and forgettable moments in this season’s FA Cup competition and could be easily said that they have been extremely lucky to have reached this far against a seemingly better side Hearts of Oak.
By: Lateef Abdul Sadick