KUMASI King Faisal continued their poor form after the acrimonious departure of coach Isaac ‘Opeele’ Boateng, playing a 1-1 draw against Accra Great Olympics at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi yesterday.
The visitors were in fine shape, especially in the second half, sweeping the ball off Faisal and initiating brilliant attacks, but kept losing the ball in firing range.
It looked ominously familiar as Faisal hardly strung their passes well, allowing Olympics to dominate the early minutes.
It appeared the deadlock could be broken anytime, and it came after 22 minutes when Ronald Bortey powered Olympics into the lead with a clinical free kick from just outside the box.
The sparse crowd was then treated to a tough battle, with the action concentrated in the middle where Faisal appeared on top.
Hamza Mohammed in the Faisal middle combined skills with steel to push the ball to his attack but they were found wanting.
Faisal, however, managed to even the score on the 36th minute when defender Kwadwo Boateng powered a cross from the left which was connected by Emmanuel Nsakie Odoi.
Brilliant saves from Olympics keeper Ben Mensah and intelligent defensive play by Ernest Kportsu, Patrick Gyamfi and Kwame Ameju kept Faisal at bay.