MTN/FA Round of 16 cracker: Aduana, Kotoko go for jugular

MTN/FA Round of 16 cracker: Aduana, Kotoko go for jugular

• Frederick Asare- Dependable goalie

The Nana Agyeman Badu I Park will be on fire when Aduana Stars welcome Asante Kotoko to a much-antic­ipated MTN/FA Cup Round of 16 clash on Sunday in the Northern Zone.

Both sides managed hard-fought victories over their opponents, where Kotoko saw off tier-two side Benab FC 2-1, while Aduana Stars recorded a late 3-2 victory over Division One League side, Tano Bofoak­wa in the Round of 32 affair.

It will be the second meet­ing between both sides, having shared spoils in a goalless draw on match-day 10 in the betPa­wa Premier League last month.

Aduana Stars, who beat Hearts of Oak 2-0 on Sunday, have been on an incredible run, having lost just a single game in their last six outings – winning four and managing two stalemates.

The two-time Premier League champions, kept their spot on the league log and will also aim to kill the dream of favourites Asante Kotoko.

The latter saw a lift from fourth on the league to third, following their 1-1 away draw with Nsoatreman FC last week­end.

In their last five meetings, Kotoko have won two, lost same with one defeat – leaving the reigning Premier League winners seven points adrift leaders Aduana Stars after 18 games.

Struggling King Faisal will host Division One League outfit Steadfast FC on Sunday at the Kwame Kyei Sports Complex.

Two premier league teams, Real Tamale United will lock horns with FC Samartex at the Aliu Mahama Stadium, while Nsoatreman tussle it out with Debibi United on same day at the Nana Kwamansah Park

In the Southern Zone, last year semi-finalists, Dreams FC, will host Liberty Professionals at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday – a venue they pun­ished Kotoko 2-0 in their last home game.

On Sunday, the Robert Men­sah Stadium in Cape Coast will see Ebusua Dwarfs clash with Kotoku Royals.

Legon Cities will be at the El Wak Stadium against Volta Rangers on Sunday, while two most in-form clubs, Heart of Lions and Skyy FC square off in a potentially explosive clash at the Kpando Stadium same day.

 By  Linus Siaw Nartey

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