Protest Uganda draw - Gyan to GFA

Saul Bowman
October 8, 2017

The Black Stars of Ghana are out of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Russia 2018 World Cup, after they were held to a goalless draw game by the Cranes of Uganda at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, Kampala on Saturday in the World Cup Qualifiers.

The team yesterday had a successful training at Namboole stadium.

Despite the pressure from the Ugandans, it was Ghana who nearly took the lead through Thomas Partey, who had scored four times in his last two games for Ghana.

Egypt need only one point from their final two games to reach the finals, and ensure Ghana miss out for the first time since 2002.

Saturday's clash was billed as a make-or-break for the World Cup hopes for both sides, with Uganda two points behind Egypt and Ghana a further two back.


Richard Ofori got a hand to a cross releasing his side on a counter that ended with Partey firing just wide.

South African referee Daniel Bennett along with his Seychellois assistant referee ruled the goal out for offside but Television replays showed Dwamena was clearly onside before he tucked the ball into the net.

Another key moment saw Daniel Amartey's headed goal from a free-kick ruled out for offside, although replays suggested that strike also should have stood.

Both Ghana and Uganda had opportunities to claim all three points, particularly during a second half that grew more frantic as the duo saw their prospects of qualification fade. Look, I think that it will be hard for Ghana to qualify because Egypt will play Congo at home and we know that the Egyptians have a good team and won't let this chance slide.

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