2014/15 MTN FA Cup launched

mtnTHE fifth edition of the MTN FA Cup was officially launched in Accra yesterday with the preliminary stages scheduled to begin on Wednesday January 28.

A draw was also held with 92 division one and two clubs grouped in three zones to start the preliminary stages before they are joined by the premiership clubs.

The round of 64 draw would be held on February 9 while the round of 32 draw would also take place March 23.

Organizers are optimistic the competition would begin smoothly and attract the intensity it comes along with before the round of 16 draw is held in April.

All teams in the preliminary stages would receive GHc600 from sponsors while MTN airtimes would only be given to teams that would qualify from the preliminary stage.

The draw for zone one includes, Wa Africa United Vs Tamale All Stars, Utrect Vs Tumu Happy Stars, Paga Crocodile Stars Vs Galaxy FC,77 Stars Vs Trendy United, Bolga Man City Vs Bolga All Stars, Real Tamale United(RTU) Vs Mighty Rocks, Guan United Vs Mantambu Nationals and Glory Stars FC Vs Rockets FC.

The others in the zones are, Sunyani Reformers Vs Prof. Kwam FC, Japekrom Vs Sunyani Liberty Youth, Bawfakwa Tano Vs Berlin FC, Hwediem Ahafoman Vs Esperance/ Dynamos, Kenyasi FC Vs Amajande FC, Tamale FC Vs Berekum Arsenals, Unity FC Vs Wenchi United and Kintampo FC Vs Techiman City.

The Zone Two pairings include, Adehye Stars Vs Gold Stars, Samosa Vs King Faisal, Corner Stones Vs Twin City FC, Achicken FC Vs Dunkwa United, Little Barcelona Vs Starke FC,New York FC Vs Deportivo, Kintinhwen United Vs AC Milan, Yemabe FC Vs Tarkwa United.

The rest are, Wasaman Vs Proud United, Dumas FC Vs Venomous Vipers, Samatex Vs Metro FC, Windy Professionals Vs Dwarfs, Cape Coast Strikers Vs Great Astronomers, Osuwaka FC Vs Elmina Sharks, Eleven Wise Vs Efutu Gt. Kindy and Fijai Great United Vs Soccer Intellectuals.

Pairings for Zone Three include, Nania FC Vs Sporting Miren, Dee International Vs Tema Youth, Emmanuel FC Vs Dawhenya United, Lenient FC Vs Afienya City FC, Danbort FC Vs Mighty Jets, Dreams FC Vs Charity Stars, La Faith FC Vs Prestige and Susubribi Vs Denkyebuor FC.

The others are, Kade United Vs Heart of Eagles, Roberto FC Vs Real Athletico, Hot Steel Vs Anthonia Sportive, Dynamos Vs Okwawu United, Amidaus Professionals Vs Kotoku Royals, Istanbul Vs Pure Joy, King Solomon Vs Fire FC and Predators FC Vs Brim DC United.

Chairman of the FA Cup Committee, J.Y Appiah has asked the teams to maintain and improve the standard of the competition.

He also applauded former executives of the committee for their tremendous effort in transforming the competition to this level.

“The competition since its rebirth has seen massive improvement and I hope for a highly competitive season with a new team emerging as the winner,” he stated.

Vice Chairman of the committee, Kurt Okraku stated that, MTN has set aside a predict and win promotion for supporters during the competition.

By predicting the score line of a match via MTN short code 1994, he said supporters could win amazing prizes including Television sets and recharge cards.

He also called on the public to help promote the game to the highest level on the sponsors various social media.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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