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2020/21 MTN FA Cup: Berekum Chelsea knock Kotoko out on penalties

The Porcupine Warriors' season comes to an end without a domestic trophy.

Asante Kotoko, on Sunday, saw their season end without a trophy to their name after a quarterfinal exit to Berekum Chelsea in the 2020/21 MTN FA Cup.

The Porcupine Warriors lost out on the Ghana Premier League title to arch-rivals Hearts of Oak and had hopes banked on winning the cup as defending champions.

But Kotoko’s dreams of the 10th title got dashed by the Bibires after firing blanks in 120 minutes of regulation and extra times.

Fabio Gama had the opportunity to put out-of-form Kotoko in front in the 39th when they were awarded quite a soft penalty by referee Benjamin Sefah.

But the Brazilian playmaker’s spot-kick was saved by experienced goalkeeper Ernest Sowah.

After 30 minutes of extra time during which Berekum Chelsea’s Stephen Amankona had a goal contentiously ruled out for a goal kick, Sunday’s quarterfinal tie at Len Clay Stadium had to be decided via the shootouts.

And Wahab Adams turned the villain for Kotoko. The centre-back stepped up for their fourth kick and outrageously blasted wide.

Stephen Amanoka converted the decisive kick to give Berekum Chelsea a 5-4 shootout win over and a spot in the semifinals of the 2020/21 MTN FA Cup.

Berekum Chelsea advance to set up a semifinal date with AshantiGold while Medeama SC – who laboured to beat third-tier side Attram de Visser Soccer Academy 3-2 after extra time at Akoon Park – now face record winners Hearts of Oak in the last four.

The semifinal matches will be played at one venue – the Cape Coast Sports Stadium – on July 31 and August 1, 2021.

 

 

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