The excitement and glamour associated with the MTN FA Cup is gradually gaining grounds as the Round of 16 draw held yesterday would witness come complex encounters.
As the competition is gradually getting to the final stages with only eight teams to be left after this round, Division One clubs are still poised to causing a huge upset against the premiership clubs.
It would not only be a battle between lower division clubs and the elite clubs but some venues would witness two premiership clubs going strongly at each other for a place in the next round of the competition.
League leaders AshantiGold would be up against Inter Allies in a very cagey encounter with both teams having an impressive season.
Though Inter Allies are famous for their home dominance, the team is currently leaving no stone unturned in their quest to end their season on a bright note.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko in a bid to achieve laurels on the local front after a disappointing Continental football campaign would battle it out with Real Tamale United (RTU) in another tricky encounter.
The Porcupine Warriors would consider the MTN FA Cup as their sole opportunity for silverware as they are currently having a bumpy premier league season.
There might also be another premiership clash as Medeama SC would await the winner of the case between New Edubiase and Great Astronomers.
Afienya City after eliminating Great Olympic would be hoping to ‘slaughter’ another premiership club as they host Accra Hearts of Oak at Tema.
Confident Afienya City has vowed to prove that their victory over Olympics was deserved by given Hearts a taste of their venom.
Elsewhere, Aduana Stars would face Istanbul while Tamale Utrecht would come against B. A United. WAFA would hold their own against Mighty Jets while Secondi Hasaacas would play Samatex in another crucial game.
Chairman of the FA Cup Committee, J.Y Appiah said the competition has gained great momentum hoping that the enthusiasm is extended to other regions.
He said, the next draw of the competition would be held outside Accra to ensure that interest is extended to other regions.
Spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association, Saani Daara said the strongest teams in the local front are represented in the current stage of the competition which would ensure the interest of the competition would be maintained.
“Surprises as the hallmark of the competition would be keen at this stage and much support would be needed to ensure the competition ends on a high note,” he stated.
He also called on the public to attend match venues to support their teams to victory. The Round of 16 matches would be played next month with the exact dates to be announced later.
By Michael D. Abayateye