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WORLD CUP 2018 : GHANA’S DREAM FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION THWARTED AFTER DRAWING WITH UGANDA

Ghana Black Stars thwarted their 2018 World Cup qualification dreams on Saturday when they were held to a controversial draw by The Cranes of Uganda.

A ‘correct’ goal scored at stoppage time by Rafael Dwamena was ruled offside to the amazement of all present including the Ugandan fans.

Ghana needed a win at cost in order to stay alive for a possible qualification but the draw means Egypt has the brightest advantage as they now lead the Ghanaians by 3 points and the Pharaohs play at home on Sunday to Congo.

There was a nervy start to the match for Ghana as Okwi broke through on goal, but Amartey in his quest to stop his marksman, Ghana’s captain for the day, Amartey brought down the Ugandan attacker for which he went into the referee’s book as a result.

Ghana was able to withstand the initial pressure from Uganda as the experience of Amartey and strength of Nicholas were god enough to stabilize the Ghanaian defence.

The game was fairly balanced in the first half as both sides attacked with the other defending under intense pressure.

After 34 minutes of play, Amartey’s header which found the yawning net was flagged as been off side by the assistant referee.

Both sides played a cautious game with midfield battle as both were not ready to commit men upfront knowing how spaces at the back can decide the game at the expense of any of the sides.

After the break, Uganda have had several chances on the counter-attack, but have looked nervous in-front of goal this afternoon. Ghana’s Coach, Kwasi Appiah made his first substitution when he introduced Patrick Twumasi.

Patrick Twumasi’s free-kick attempt on the 58th minute flew inches over the crossbar. Onyango found himself in an awkward position, but lucky for him the ball sails wide.

After 65 minutes of play, Uganda’s Derrick Nsibambi had the miss of the decade as he heads wide from point-blank range.

Rafael Dwamena was also introduced to add some bite to the attacking line of Ghana but the defence line of the Cranes with Isinde as the commanding officer would not budge to the attacks from Ghana.

Ghana’s winger Frank Acheampong found himself pushed off the ball in the 18 yard box on the 68th minute but his penalty call was ignored by the South African referee in the centre.

The tables turned in the last 15 minutes of the game with Uganda pressing for a gaol but Daniel Amartey proved to be a beast for the Cranes and was all over the defence line to clear the dangerous balls for the Ghanaians.

On the 94th minute, Thomas Partey’s low shot his the post and Rafael was there for the rebound which was a correct goal but he was deemed to be in offside position by the assistant referee which the cameras proved otherwise as per the referee’s decision and this was followed by a protest by the Ghanaian bench as the officiating man blew his whistle for he end of the game.

Ghana now has 6 points and Uganda with 8 points, Egypt with 9 points will play Congo on Sunday.

Uganda: Onyango; Isinde, Mawejje, Okwi, Kizito (Ochaya 73′), Nsibambi (Serunkuma 67′), Iguma, Wakiro, Walusimbi, Wasswa, Miya (Mutyaba 62′)

Ghana: R.Ofori; Opare, Partey, E.Ofori, Duncan (Dwamena 56′), Sarfo (Twumasi 51′), Agbenyenu, Amartey, Opoku, Yiadom, Acheampong (Attomah 86′)

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