Accra Great Olympics were held to a goalless draw by Kumasi Asante in week 20 of the Ghana Premier League at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Porcupine Warriors started the brighter of the two sides but created very little going forward as they were clearly missing Gama’s improvisation upfront.
Mariano Barreto and his charges enjoyed a chunk of possession but struggled to trouble goalkeeper, Benjamin Asare who was between the sticks for Accra Great Olympics- their best chances coming through set pieces which they took little advantage of.
Olympics finally came into the game with Gladson Awako who was being man marked by Sarkodie finally seeing glimpses of the game.
The first shot on target of the game finally came mid-way through the half when Samuel Ashie Quayle did well to create space for himself but his shot was too feeble to trouble Kotoko goalkeeper Razak Abalora.
Both sides appeared very pragmatic and provided little going forward – perhaps a sign of the respect they have for each other as the referee blew the whistle for the end of the first half.
Olympics kick started the second half as they host were chasing the breakthrough but like the first half the game lacked pace and invention as the two teams engaged in a heavy midfield battle.
Kotoko created their first shot on target after a neat work by Patrick Asmah down the wings but his shot was well saved by Asare to keep the score goalless.
The visitors effected their first substitution of the game. Sarkodie who was making his return from injury was replaced by Godfrey Asiamah as Kotoko look to freshen up their midfield. The hosts also responded with their own substitution replacing the Anonymous Kwame Rhule with Maxwell Abbey.
The visitors looked to have benefited more from their substitution coming close twice through Vinicius and Asiamah.
The Brazilian did well to bring the ball down to set up Asiamah but the Ghanaian saw his effort well saved by Benjamin Asare.
Vinicius should have put Kotoko in the lead after Asmah did well to find the Brazilian but he failed to direct his header towards the goal as his effort went well wide.
Kotoko continued their late onslaught but it yielded to nothing as both sides settled for the draw.
By Awudu Bashiru