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Karim Zito blames FA Cup elimination on luck

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Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute thanks to a disputed penalty conversion by skipper Abdul Jalilu. However, Bofoakwa recovered the lead in extra time thanks to Elijah Addai, resulting in a 2-1 triumph. Coach Zito praised his team's efforts after the game, but blamed their setback on a lack of luck. "Well, I believe that after each game, you look at what transpired. There is something known as a "element of luck." "I'll admit today that luck was not on our side," he stated after the game.

Karim Zito, Dreams FC’s coach, lamented their FA Cup defeat over Bofoakwa Tano, attributing the loss to his team’s lack of luck.

Despite being the defending champions and seeking a second trip to Africa, Dreams FC suffered a surprise defeat in the semifinals against Bofoakwa Tano at the Red Bull Arena in Sogakope.

The game stayed goalless in the first half until Bofoakwa broke the deadlock early in the second half with Aboagye Dacosta.

Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute thanks to a disputed penalty conversion by skipper Abdul Jalilu.

However, Bofoakwa recovered the lead in extra time thanks to Elijah Addai, resulting in a 2-1 triumph.

Coach Zito praised his team’s efforts after the game but blamed their setback on a lack of luck.

“Well, I believe that after each game, you look at what transpired. There is something known as an “element of luck.” “I’ll admit today that luck was not on our side,” he stated after the game.

Despite creating multiple opportunities, Dreams FC is unable to capitalise, as Zito admitted. He applauded his team’s perseverance but bemoaned their lack of luck, especially in extra time.

“We generated a lot of opportunities, but getting the ball in the net was difficult, I was pleased with what my players accomplished. The battling spirit emerged, particularly during the extra time. They came in determined to get an equaliser, but luck was not on their side,” he continued.

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Bofoakwa Tano’s coach expresses joy after defeating Dreams FC to secure a place in the FA Cup final

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"I am quite delighted and pleased. This is my fourth encounter with Dreams FC. The first came while I was with Kotoku Royals, and we defeated them 3-0. The second time was two months ago against Bofoakwa, when we lost 3-1," Eduafo stated. "Last week, I vowed we'd either split the points or win. Today, I arrived determined to defeat them. "I am ecstatic," he continued. Aboagye Dacosta gave Bofoakwa Tano the lead two minutes into the second half. Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute when Skipper Abdul Jalilu scored a contentious penalty. However, Elijah Addai scored in extra time to give Bofoakwa the win, 2-1.

Bofoakwa Tano’s head coach, John Eduafo, has expressed his delight after securing the final berth in the 2023/24 FA Cup.

The Sunyani-based squad upset Dreams FC, the defending champions, 2-1 in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon at the Red Bull Arena in Skopje.

Eduafo voiced his delight after the game, emphasising his team’s desire to defeat Dreams FC despite their good performance in the CAF Confederation Cup.

“I am quite delighted and pleased. This is my fourth encounter with Dreams FC. The first came while I was with Kotoku Royals, and we defeated them 3-0. The second time was two months ago against Bofoakwa, when we lost 3-1,” Eduafo stated.

“Last week, I vowed we’d either split the points or win. Today, I arrived determined to defeat them. “I am ecstatic,” he continued.

Aboagye Dacosta gave Bofoakwa Tano the lead two minutes into the second half. Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute when Skipper Abdul Jalilu scored a contentious penalty.

However, Elijah Addai scored in extra time to give Bofoakwa the win, 2-1.

Bofoakwa Tano will now meet Nsoatreman FC in the FA Cup final, with the site to be determined.

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Bashir Hayford explains why he sat at the middle of the park in Bechem

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"The spectators threw urine and insulted me and the players. We needed to protect ourselves, so we raced to the pitch, but to be honest, I responded to them," he told Akoma FM. "As a 30-year lover of the game, I had never seen anything like this before. It was more like a fight than a football match."

Bashir Hayford, the head coach of the Hearts of Oak Lions, delayed his team’s game against Bechem United on Saturday by sitting in the centre of the pitch due to biassed officiating.

During the game at Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park, Hayford took a seat in the centre of the pitch, forcing a 20-minute stoppage in play.

The legendary Ghanaian trainer’s actions were in protest of what was described as one-sided officiating.

“The spectators threw urine and insulted me and the players. We needed to protect ourselves, so we raced to the pitch, but to be honest, I responded to them,” he told Akoma FM.

“As a 30-year lover of the game, I had never seen anything like this before. It was more like a fight than a football match.”

Following a brief break, Hayford left the field, allowing the game to resume. Despite playing with one man down, Bechem averted a loss on the day.


The draw drops Lions into the relegation zone, three points below Bofoakwa Tano, who sits above it.

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Samartex coach hints on readiness for Africa next season

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Recognising the obstacles of CAF tournaments, Coach Nurudeen emphasised the significance of bolstering his team with experienced players to handle the demanding event. He cited Dreams FC's outstanding achievement in the tournament this season as a model for FC Samartex to emulate, and expressed trust in management and the board of directors. Drawing inspiration from Dreams FC's surprising success, Coach Nurudeen emphasised the need of effort, commitment, and organisational support in accomplishing their objectives. He also emphasised the financial benefits of participating, citing the ability to exhibit their talents to international clubs, which may generate income for the club.

Nurudeen Adamu, FC Samartex 1996 coach, says his team is keen to represent Ghana in the CAF inter-club tournament next season if they win the Premier League this season.

The Samreboi-based team presently leads the Premier League standings with 52 points after 28 games, with around seven matches remaining in the 2023/24 season.

In an interview with Graphic Sports, Coach Nurudeen reaffirmed his team’s ambition to play in the CAF Champions League next season, saying that nothing will stop them from taking advantage of the opportunity to represent the country on the continental scene.

Recognising the obstacles of CAF tournaments, Coach Nurudeen emphasised the significance of bolstering his team with experienced players to handle the demanding event.

He cited Dreams FC’s outstanding achievement in the tournament this season as a model for FC Samartex to emulate and expressed trust in management and the board of directors.

Drawing inspiration from Dreams FC’s surprising success, Coach Nurudeen emphasised the need for effort, commitment, and organisational support in accomplishing their objectives.

He also emphasised the financial benefits of participating, citing the ability to exhibit their talents to international clubs, which may generate income for the club.

Despite the financial hardship and the need for experience, Coach Nurudeen insisted that FC Samartex was brave enough to achieve its goals.

He reaffirmed their commitment to following Dreams FC’s lead and indicated a willingness to overcome any obstacles that may arise in their quest for CAF inter-club aspirations.

Meanwhile, FC Samartex will meet Real Tamale United on matchday 29 at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex this weekend.

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