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Uganda-Ghana game ends in controversial stalemate

Uganda held the Black Stars of Ghana to a controversial 0-0 draw in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying tie played at the Mandela National stadium today.
 
Ghana felt hard done by after what seemed like a legitimate goal was ruled out for offside in the added time. The draw dents hopes for Ghana making it to Russia, although Uganda remain with slim hopes - praying that bottom placed Congo Brazzaville defeat Egypt tomorrow.

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.
Cranes midfielder Tonny Mawejje fights for the ball with Ghana captain Daniel Amartey
Farouk Miya blasted wide from a free kick after six minutes, while Okwi's cross 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 after a corner kick had been taken missed the target. The pitch was in appalling state after Pentecostals used it for overnight prayers on Wednesday.

In the second half Ghana looked far more 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.
The game had few clear chances 
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 it 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 said after the match.
 
The Ghana coach Appiah was not happy that the South African referee cancelled the goal his team had scored.
 
"The goal looked fine because the goalkeeper parried back the shot into play," he added.

Cranes skipper Denis Onyango said it was disappointing to play on a poor surface.
 
"We do not know what we want because we cannot have such a playing pitch for an vital game like this one," added a bitter Onyango.

The draw leaves Egypt top of Group E with nine points, while Uganda moved to eight points and Ghana on six.

Comments

0 #1 The Ugandan... 2017-10-10 01:56
Did you see how poor logistics and planning sabotaged the Cranes?

Namboole management should be held responsible for presenting such a pitch for a FIFA World Cup game.

This monstrosity of a pitch was beamed world wide to the embarrassment of the Ugandan government.

Worse, it hurt the team's play and probably injured the athletes.

FUFA should have moved that game the moment Namboole ruined the pitch with their greed.

According to Namboole, FUFA were to blame.

FUFA should have ensured that the Cranes played at the same time as Egypt's game.

FUFA should by now, know that friendlies and training should simulate real game time conditions.

So why did they have a friendly on artificial turf when most players are not used to it and the real game was on a highly trodden grass patched pitch at Namboole?

Basena's Cranes are getting worse!

Bottom line, FUFA screwed up this campaign!
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