Razak and Kizito help Hearts break semi-final jinx

Accra Hearts of Oak duo Patrick Razak and Kwame Kizito were on target to help the club progress to the final of the MTN FA CUP last Sunday. 

The Phobians have been on the losing side in their previous two FA Cup semi-final appearances falling to Medeama (2-1) in 2013 and 2015. 

But they ended the unlucky streak with a deserved 2-1 victory over AllStars last Sunday. 

Razak put Hearts in the lead in the 31st minute, driving at goal after latching on an incisive pass from the boot of skipper Thomas Abbey, before calmly picking his spot past the AllStars keeper. 

The wing wizard was really in the mood on the day and could have doubled his personal tally only to be denied by the crossbar.  

Kizito was not to be outdone as he slotted home after beautiful possession-oriented play from Hearts just after the break. 

The duo's goals ensured Hearts reached the finals for a record 16th time though the Phobians had to wait for 17 years to reach this stage in the Cup competition. 

Medeama have denied Hearts a place in the finals on two occasions within the last four years. The Mauves-and-Yellow cut short Hearts' dream in 2013, coming from behind to win 2-1 in Kumasi. 

Gilbert Fiamenyo had put Hearts in the lead but two penalties from Godfred Rockson ensured the Tarkwa-based side reached the finals at the expense of coach David Duncan's Phobians. 

Two years later, in 2015, two long range strikes from Akwasi Donsu sinked the late coach Herbert Addo's Hearts charges at the Robert Mensah Stadium. Robin Gnagne pulled a goal back but it's only a consolation. 

However, Coach Frank Nuttall's impressive side broke the semi-final jinx last Sunday and progressed to the club's first FA Cup final in the 21st century.