Accra Hearts of Oak opened their title defense with a goalless draw against Legon Cities at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Phobians last outing ended in an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Wydad in the CAF Champions league as Coach Samuel Boadu made one change to the team that lost against the Moroccans.

Salim Adams replaced Caleb Amankwah to make his first start since joining Hearts from New Edubiase and the young midfielder only lasted 45 minutes in a half that both sides failed to capitalize on the opportunities they created.

Hearts returned from the break the stronger side and pushed for the opening goal but were denied by a spirited performance from goalkeeper Ofori Antwi.

Coach Boadu introduced fresh limbs to influence the game but the Royals defense stood firm to keep the Hearts attackers at bay.

With the game approaching the end, the home-side pushed more men forward in their bid to to secure maximum points and were nearly punished on the break.

The Royals were twice through on goal but Attah made himself big to keep Hearts in the game as the away side finished the game strongly.

Ofori Antwi emerged the NASCO Man of the Match from the game as his heroics helped the Royals secure a vital point against the defending champions.