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MTN FA CUP R32: Hearts to tackle Kotoku Royals on Sunday

Published on: 18 May 2017

A feisty battle will be expected when Hearts of Oak host second tier side, Kotoku Royals in the Round of 32 of the MTN FA Cup at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Phobians have been brilliant in the league this term and will be looking to replicate that form when they engage the Royals at their own backyard.

However, the Homers advanced to this stage following a 2-1 win over Sporting Mirren in the Round 64 whilst the Visitors also sailed through with a 4-2 Penalty win over Phar Rangers after a 2-2 draw in normal time.

The ten-time champions have never met the Royals in this competition but were 1-0 winners when they met them in a friendly match in February 2014. Goal courtesy, Emmanuel Hayford.

The Phobians are currently third in the Ghana Premier League with 26 points whereas the Royals occupy the eleventh position on the Zone 3 table of the GN Division 1 league with 13 points.

Frank Nuttal's men last lifted the trophy in 2000 after they defeated Okwahu United by 2-0 in the finals.

In other FA Cup fixtures, Amidaus Professionals will rub shoulders with Emmanuel FC. Liberty Professionals take on Uncle T Stars at the Sly Tetteh Park on Saturday whilst Hearts of Lions will be away at Danbort.

Nea Salamina will be at Home to Techiman Eleven Wonders whereas Wa All Stars host Bolga All Stars in an all premier league affair at the Malik Jabr Stadium.

Berekum Chelsea will invite Brong Ahafo FC to the Golden City Park with Bechem United locking horns with Guan United FC. Steadfast FC will come up against Power Sporting Club as Proud United engage Goal-shy Asante Kotoko at the Swedru Park.

Furthermore, Gold Stars FC will shrug it out with Elmina Sharks at the  Bibiani Park whereas Asokwa Deportivo travel to Samatex 96.

Medeama SC will welcome 2012 champions, New Edubiase United at the Tarkwa T and A Park with Premier league leaders, WAFA play as guest to Unistar Academy.

Kingfisal will face off with Wassaman United at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi as Young Wise FC battle it out with Okyeman Planners at the Zaytuna Park.

By; Dom Agbakpe

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