MTN FA Cup Final Preview: Bechem United vs Okwawu United

Ghana Premier League (GPL) outfit Bechem United will challenge second tier side Okwawu United in the final of the 2016 MTN FA Cup on Sunday.

The game is set to come off at the newly built Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Ghana’s western coast and it promises to be an interesting spectacle on the day.

Bechem United will be seeking their first major silverware in Ghana football and should they do so, they will become the first team from the Brong Ahafo region to win this competition.

The two famous clubs from the region, Brong Ahafo (BA) United and Tano Bofoakwa came close to winning it in 1975 and 1983 respectively, but, on both occasions, they were undone by Accra Great Olympics in the final.

Okwawu United won the competition in 1986 when they defeated Real Tamale United (RTU) 1-0 in the final game with Bright Owusu the hero for the Mountaineers in Accra.

They have lost two other finals; against GHAPOHA FC in 1997 (0-1) and Accra Hearts of Oak in 2000 (0-2) and, will be eager not to make it a third straight final defeat.

Bechem United are the bookmakers’ favourites to win this game considering their elite division status as compared to their rivals who play in the second tier league.

In the ongoing GPL, Bechem United are eighth on the table with 38 points with three games to end the season and, do have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top four at the end of the campaign.

They will seek to make the most of this opportunity against an Okwawu United side that has no chance of making it to the top-flight league next season from Division One.

On their way to the final, Bechem United beat Wa Rockets in the semi-final with Okwawu United accounting for another GPL outfit Liberty Professionals to set up this contest.

One of the hottest strikers on the Ghanaian local scene Abednego Tetteh is on the books of Bechem United and he will be needed to turn the game in his side’s favour.

On reaching this far, Okwawu United accounted for three GPL sides to get to this final and, they will have no fear competing for the title against another opposition from the same division.


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