Six crucial matches of the round of 16 will be cleared on Monday to determine six quarter finalists who will join KSTS and Amass-Ksi to complete the pack of 8 schools for the quarter finals.
RaphSark takes a look at the six matches and makes bold prediction of the matches.
Match 1 Kumasi High School vs T. I. Amass-Fomena
On the basis of form and output, Kumasi High School are tipped to qualify to the quarter finals by beating Fomena Amass.
KUHIS looked solid against a very good St. George’s side compared to Fomena against KNUST SHS. The high passing game of KUHIS and their creativity in the middle will be difficult for an average Fomena Amass side.
RaphSark predicts: Kumasi High School to qualify. ( A win in regulation time)
Match 2 KASS vs St. Hubert
KASS were very unconvincing against Al-Azhariya and did not show the form that guided them to win the tournament last year but should be good enough to sail through against St. Hubert. St. Hubert managed to surprise Dwamena Akenten SHS but will find it difficult against defending Champions KASS.
RaphSark predicts: KASS to qualify (win in regulation time)
Match 3: Owass vs Juaben
The second half performance of Opoku Ware School against Effisco was very impressive and should they replicate that performance, Juaben will surely be defeated. Owass are very direct in their approach, and utilizes the wings very well looking for the runs of their attackers. Juaben needed the lottery of penalties to win over Armed Forces SHTS after a 1:1 drawn game in regulation time.
The play of OWASS will however prove a bit difficult for Juaben as Armed Forces were not direct with their play.
RaphSark predicts: OWASS to qualify
Match 4. Adu Gyamfi SHS vs Asanteman
Adu Gyamfi SHS struggled against a very good O’Sectec side but luckily won on penalties. Asanteman surprised JAPASS by winning by a lone goal. Asanteman were tactically disciplined though not so talented compared to Adu Gyamfi.
Adu Gyamfi are yet to lose to any school in open play since losing to Prempeh College in 2014.
Asanteman will be aggressive and gritty against Adu Gyamfi but the individual quality and the pedigree of Adu Gyamfi SHS will get them through.
RaphSark predicts: Adu Gyamfi SHS
Match 5. Prempeh College vs Sakafia
Sakafia SHS were good to watch against pre tournament favourites Aduman SHS as they surprised them by 2:0.
Sakafia looked solid and aggressive and very difficult to breakdown.
Prempeh College will find them.very tough customers. Prempeh didn’t look convincing against Amaniampong but are expected to play an improved game.
Though too difficult to predict between these two sides whose style of.play are completely different. Prempeh College underrates Sakafia at their own peril.
Sakafia are looking to improve their quarter final berth they achieved last year.
RaphSark predicts: Prempeh College to qualify (may be decided on shootout)
Match 6: O. T. vs Islamic SHS
Perhaps one of the most unpredictable matches of the day, Islamic won’t have it easy against O.T.
Osei Tutu cleared Dadease Agric SHS in the round of 32 while Islamic dealt with a very good Konongo Odumasi SHS side.
Last year finalist Islamic will need to rely on experience to beat O. T.
Osei Tutu are confident in their team this year and will prove quite stubborn for last year finalist who are looking to make it one step further this year.
The challenge posed by KOSS to Islamic tested their resolve and brought the best out of them.
RaphSark predicts: Islamic SHS to qualify.