the quarter finalists of this year’s MTN FA Cup were for the first time in the round of eight draw grouped into two zones of Northern and Southern sectors.
The Northern zone teams include Asante Kotoko, Bechem United, Wa All Stars, and Wa Rockets whiles the Southern zone comprises Elmina Sharks, Liberty Professionals ,Okwahu United and West Africa Football Academy (WAFA).
Last year losing finalist, Asante Kotoko were paired against Bechem United at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, whereas Wa All Stars host Wa Rockets at the Wa Park in a local derby.
For the Southern pairings, premier league side Wafa will travel as guest to lower division side Okwahu United at the Nkawkaw Stadium, whilst at the Dansoman Karl Reindorf, the scientific soccer lads Liberty Professionals will take on the only unbeaten side in the current division one league campaign, Elmina Sharks.
The quarter final games will be played between the weekends of June 18 and 19.
Travelling teams will receive an amount of GHC4,000 whilst home teams receive GHC3,000 from the organisers. In addition to the participation fee at this stage, each team will be given GHC500 worth of MTN airtime, as well 25% of gate proceeds in their respective matches.
Ten per cent of the gate proceeds will be given to the property owner of where the respective games would be played and the remaining 40% will go to the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
Addressing the media at the draw, the chairman of the MTN FA Cup committee, Kurt Okraku said the committee was bent on bringing new ideas on board to help improve the FA cup competition, hence the introduction of the new zoning system.
He said this could help cut down cost to traveling clubs as well as reducing fatigue on players due to long distance travels.
Mr. Okraku said the committee is partnering with a non-governmental organization, Ghana for Peace Campaign 2016, to help use football to promote peace before, during, and after this year’s general election.
As part of the partnership programme, there will be a peace walk in Cape Coast before the final of this year’s competition.
This year’s MTN FA Cup started with 112 clubs drawn from lower divisions and the elite division across the country.
The final of this year’s competition will be played on August 28.
By: Dennis Osei Gyamfi