Hearts Still Fail To Impress

HeartsCOACH Mohammed Polo has failed in his bid to get a first home win as Accra Hearts of Oak were held to a goalless draw by Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs in their week 18 First Capital Plus Premier League clash at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday.

A virtually empty stadium saw a beleaguered Phobian side unable to create clear scoring chances with lack of determination written on the faces of the players.

Hearts are now left with a-mission-impossible task of closing the gap between leaders Kumasi Asante Kotoko with 12 points now separating the two teams.

The Phobians were hoping to earn another hard fought victory against Dwarfs but the visitors were determined to walk away with a point which would lift them a little above the relegation zone.

Dwarfs made a huge impression for themselves following their poor campaign currently; having gone eight games without a win except their exploit in continental competition as they eliminated Senegalese side ASC Diaraf in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Phobians, who lined up a massive squad including Gilbert Fiamenyo, hardworking Thomas Abbey, CHAN silver-medal winning defender Nuru Sulley and Romeo Agban, were unable to break the defence of Dwarfs spearheaded by Vincent Atingah and Kingsley Nteng.

Dwarfs almost punished the Phobians with some positive display by Richard Gadze, Frederick Boateng and skipper John Arthur but Robin Gnagne was in his usual splendid form to deny the trio a goal.

On the other hand, the introduction of Ollenu Ashitey in the second half brought some life into the Hearts team as he combined beautifully with Eric Kumi who was magnificent on the day.

Kumi kept knocking at the defence of Dwarfs but was severally denied the necessary assistance from Gilbert Fiamenyo who could not get his touches right at the final third of their opponents.

Hearts have struggled under Mohammed Polo – winning just two of their five games under the former Ghana midfielder and losing three including back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Wa All Stars.

A win would have at least revived the hopes of the club’s faithful who were only a handful at yesterday’s game.

Arguably, fans have lost hope in Polo and it would take a couple of convincing performances to get the fans back in their numbers to support the team. By Michael D. Abayateye

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