Ashanti Gold SC was held to a bore 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation Cup tie by Burkina Faso outfit Salitas FC at the Len Clay Sports Stadium in Obuasi on Sunday 29th September 2020.
Miners Head Coach, Milovan Cirkovic, made one change to his lineup from last week Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Ghana Premier League (GPL) giants Accra Hearts of Oak, as new signing Empem Dacosta would make his debut for the club replacing Michael Enu in the centre of defence.
The Burkinabe side was also missing key players as trio Sami Hien, Ibrahim Barry and captain Youssouf Barro all missed out on the game after testing positive for COVID-19.
Salitas would have the best chance to take the lead in the first half when defender Daniel Ouedraogo came very close to scoring from a free-kick but Miners goalkeeper Robert Dabuo showed a safe pair of hands parrying the shot away.
Later, in the 40th minute, the Ouagadougou-based side would come close again but a header from forward Eliass Dianda would, unfortunately, hit the woodwork denying the side the lead and vital away goal.
Ashanti Gold would come back strongly in the second half dominating the game creating chance after chance but failing to finish them off. The closest the Miners came to scoring was a Hans Kwofie shot from the edge of the box which hit the goal framework.
The second leg will see Salitas will host Ashanti Gold next week in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou.