The Black Stars of Ghana held Uganda to a goalless draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier here on Saturday.
The draw dents hopes for Ghana making it to Russia, although Uganda remain with slim hopes praying that bottom placed Congo Brazzaville can defeat Egypt on Sunday.
Striker Emmanuel Arnold Okwi kept the Ghana defenders busy with his quick runs that also got skipper Daniel Amartey booked for a foul on him.
Farouk Miya blasted wide from a free kick after six minutes, while Okwi’s cross after 17 minutes was also punched out of danger by Ghana’s goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
After 34 minutes, Daniel Opare had a chance for Ghana, but his shot from a corner kick missed the target.
In the second half, Ghana looked comfortable on the ball, but still lacked the killer punch in-front of the Uganda Cranes goal. Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah made some changes, but his players failed to break the Ugandan team.
Daniel Nsibambi would have netted for Uganda, but with goalkeeper to beat he headed out a well-taken Geoffrey Walusimbi cross.
Uganda had William Kizito Luwagga limp off injured later in the second half.
With four minutes showed for added time, Okwi tried a long shot but Ghana’s goalkeeper was up to the task.
Ghana thought they had scored through substitute Patrick Twumasi, but he was ruled off-side. The Ghana players surrounded the match officials after the final whistle.
“We are disappointed we failed to get three points by winning the game,” Uganda’s coach Moses Basena told Xinhua after the match.
The Ghana coach Appiah was not happy that the South African referee canceled the goal his team had scored.
“The goal looked fine because the goalkeeper parried back the shot into play,” he said.
The draw leaves Egypt top of Group E with nine points, while Uganda moved to eight points and Ghana six. Enditem