MTN FA Cup: how much at stake?

August 7, 2016

Premier league side, Bechem United will face Division One campaigners, Okwahu United, in the finals of this year’s MTN FA cup on September 4 at the new Cape Coast Stadium .

The Brong Ahafo club knocked out Wa Rockets 2-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium while Okwahu United eliminated premier league side, Liberty Professionals 3-2 via penalty shootouts, marking their fifth FA cup final appearance, their first since 2000.

At stake is not only the bragging rights for the club’s playing body, coaches, medical staff, executives and their following; the winner for this year’s tournament takes home not just a trophy but also an amount of Ghc 40, 000, in addition to 25% of the net of the gate proceeds.

Also, they will represent the nation in the CAF confederations cup tournament, automatically.

According to the FA cup committee, the losing finalist also gets Ghc 1, 500.

Moreover, the two finalists will receive Ghc 1, 000 worth of products from MTN.

In an interview, William Bossman, the online editor for GFA’s website, disclosed that the winner also gets another $60, 000 cash as support from MTN, for their preparations towards the CAF confederation cup competition.

He added that the GFA also supports the winner with winter jackets, addidas football, money and other logistics, anytime they are representing the nation in that competition.

Medeama FC are currently the FA cup tittle holders and are placed second in that continental competition, five points behind group leaders, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Not long ago, they made news, announcing their intention to pull out of the CAF competition due to financial constraint. Their bank roller, Moses Armah, aka Mos-Parker, in an interview on the “fire for fire” show on Adom TV, confirmed that the club was facing financial challenges, necessitating their withdrawal from the competition.

Asked if they receive support from either the FA or the sports ministry, the Medeama boss said the FA only gave them $20, 000 cash for their match against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, whom they defeated 2-0 at their favourite Essipon Stadium in Takoradi.

That statement by the Moses Armah sharply contrasts the FA claim, putting into question if the FA and its title sponsor, MTN, are doing enough to fulfil their responsibilities to Ghanaian candidates for the CAF Confed Cup competition.

FILED BY: Ewli Elikem Justice

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