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Thursday, December 7, 2023

MTN FA Cup: Holders Hearts of Oak crash out in Round of 32

It did not take long for the 2022-23 Ghana FA Cup to see its first major upset with defending champions Hearts of Oak falling to fellow Ghana Premier League side Dreams FC by a 1-0 score on Sunday. The Phobians could not recover from a self-inflicted wound in the opening ten minutes when poor passing in the back allowed Dreams forward Agyenim Boateng to win the ball and curl his finish around Hearts goalkeeper Richmond Ayi. Hearts were exposed on several occasions by the Dreams counter attack and despite impressive saves by Ayi the cup holders could not find the goal they needed.

Asante Kotoko faced a stern challenge of their own against third tier Benab FC who were looking to pull off the upset of the round. An own goal put Kotoko up in the first half but the Division Two side leveled in the 70th minute and were giving the reigning Ghana Premier League champions plenty to worry about. However a corner kick delivery from Enock Morrison late in second half stoppage time fell kindly for defender Maxwell Agyemang who show low past the Benab keeper for a last-second winner.

All the scores from the Round of 32 are below followed by highlights from the Kotoko and Hearts matches as well as the penalty shootout between Accra sides Great Olympics and Legon Cities.


Steadfast FC 3-1 STK Stars

Bofoakwa Tano FC 2-3 Aduana Stars

Kotoku Royals 1-0 Nzema Kotoko (AET)

Great Olympics 0-0 Legon Cities

(Legon Cities win 4-3 on penalties)

Wa Power SC 1-3 Debibi United

Volta Rangers FC 3-1 Krystal Palace Academy

Benab FC 1-2 Asante Kotoko

Real Tamale United 4-1 Wa Suntaa FC (AET)

Liberty Professionals 0-0 A5 Rences FC

(Liberty Professionals win 4-2 on penalties)

Bibiani Gold Stars 1-4 King Faisal

Mighty Royals FC 0-1 Nsoatreman FC

FC Samartex 1-0 Nations FC

Venomous Vipers FC 0-2 Mysterious Dwarfs

Skyy FC 2-0 Karela FC

Hearts of Oak 0-1 Dreams FC

Heart of Lions 2-0 MSK Zilina Africa


Hearts of Oak 0-1 Dreams FC

Benab FC 1-2 Asante Kotoko

Great Olympics 0-0 Legon Cities (Penalty Shootout)

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