Medeama’s Tom Strand eyes MTN FA Cup title

Medeama SC manager Tom Strand is confident that he will hand Asante Kotoko a shocking defeat in the final of the FA Cup to claim his first major trophy in Ghana.

The 33-year-old guided the Tarkwa-based club to the final of the competition for the second time in three seasons after beating record champions Hearts of Oak 2-1 on Sunday in Cape Coast.

Two goals from Kwasi Donsu inside the opening 16 minutes were enough to end Hearts’ impressive run this season, although Robin Gnange pulled one back on 78th minute.

It wasn’t the first time Donsu has been the hero for Medeama this season, after he also scored the two goals when they defeated WAFA 2-0 in the quarter-finals.

Kotoko posted a 3-1 defeat over Aduana Stars on Friday in Sunyani in the first semi-finals but Strand insists Medeama will repeat their heroics of the 2013 final, when they defeated Kotoko to win the title.

“The team has done really well because it wasn’t easy playing record champions Hearts of Oak,” Strand told Goal.

“I think Kwasi Donsu is gradually getting recognition after his hardwork throughout this season and I’m happy for him because he deserves it,” the young coach continued.

“Our next opponent is Kotoko in the finals but I’m optimistic we will defeat them just like we did in 2013. I’m waiting to defeat them and win my first major title as a coach here in Ghana. It will be only the club’s second title and a memorable one to be precise.”

Medeama defeated Kade United in the round of 64, before eliminating Bibiani Gold Stars in the round of 32, Great Astronomers, WAFA and Hearts of Oak in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively en route to the final.