Giants Hearts of Oak managed to hold West Africa Football Academy to a 0-0 drawn game at the WAFA Arena in Sogakope in the Ghana Premier League on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Richard Atta had to pull a world-class stop to deny WAFA from stealing an early-minute lead before Hearts gradually crawled into the game to match the academy graduates boot for boot in all departments.
Hearts handed playing minutes to new signings Emmanuel Nettey, Frederick Ansah Botchway as well as Abdul Aziz Nurudeen.
The pre-match build up had been characterised by the two opposition supporters trading words in their support of their sides but Hearts put up one of the bravest performances in their recent visits to the WAFA Arena.
Youngster Andrews Ntim Manu was named the Most Valuable Player of the match as Hearts recorded a point for the first time in recent seasons at the venue.
Hearts of Oak head coach opted to hand Emmanuel Nettey a debut and his partnership with Benjamin Afutu and Frederick Ansah Botchway caused Wafa all kinds of problems in the first half. The Phobians dominated, created the better chances and controlled the game in the opening exchanges, limiting a usually dominant WAFA side to attacking from counter attacks.
By El Akyereko
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