Ghana bows out of World Cup campaign in goalless stalemate with Uganda Cranes

Match Day 5 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Group E):

  • Uganda Cranes 0-0 Ghana Black Stars
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Thomas Partey controls the ball ahead of Hassan Wasswa Mawanda

African giants Ghana Black Stars can not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The development follows a goal-less draw with Uganda Cranes in group E of the World Cup 2018 World Cup qualifiers played on a bumpy Mandela National Stadium turf on Saturday.

The home side had the first break of the ice berg with a quick counter attack orchestrated by Emmanuel Okwi foiled inside the opening 10 minutes.

Daniel Amartey fouled the Simba forward and was cautioned by South African FIFA referee Bennett Daniel Frazer.

Striker Derrick Nsibambi failed to find connect onto winger Godfrey Walusimbi’s teasing cross from the left on 17 minutes.

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William Luwagga Kizito in action. He limped off in the 70th minute

Inside the next minute, striker Richmond Yiamond hit the Uganda Cranes side setting off a quick counter attack.

On the hour mark, Uganda Cranes defender Isaac Isinde and Yiadom collided before play was halted to grant medical attention to the two players.

In the 32nd minute, captain Daniel Amartey out jumped the Ugandan defence to head homeoff a Kingsley Safro cross from the right.

The attempt was however disallowed for off-side.

Two minutes later, Daniel Opare tapped high of the Dennis Onyango’s goal post off a dangerous corner.

Six minutes to the mandatory half time break, Onyango jumped high to collect a played in cross from the right by Partey.

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Uganda Cranes XI vs Ghana Black Stars

As the second half started, Ghana Black Stars called for the first change of the game after 5 minutes.

Patrick Twumasi replaced Safro on the right flank.

Okwi became the second player to the booked in the 56th minute.

Uganda’s technical bench introduced midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba for a silent Faruku Miya on the hour mark.

The home side’s best chance of the game fell to striker Nsibambi who headed all alone wide of goalkeeper Richard Ofori’s goal posts in the 63rd minute off left winger Godfrey Walusimbi’s well chipped ball.

Two minutes later, Nsibambi paved way for the fresh legs of Geofrey Sserunkuma, a forward based in Buildcon in the Zambian premier league.

Meanwhile, Ghana pulled out Alfred Duncan for Raphael Dinamena.

Uganda’s final change was circumstantial. Luwagga limped off for Joseph Ochaya, of Lusaka Dynamos.

Mutyaba forced Daniel Amartey into an error to earn Uganda Cranes a corner in one of the well-coordinated moves for the home side.

Ghana’s final change of the game came 6 minutes to the game death.

Frank Acheampong paved way for Joseph Attomah.

Midfielder Mawejje had the final chance for Uganda with a shot off target from about 20 yards.

The controversial talking point was Ghana Black Stars’ disallowed goal from substitute Dinamena in the 4th minute of added time.

Partey set up Yiadom who unleased a dipping shot that bounced in front of Onyango before it hit the Mamelodi Sundowns shot stopper into the chest.

Dinamena was well positioned to fire in the rebound but second assistant referee Jonathan Steve Marie had already signaled for offside.

Ten seconds after restart, Daniel Frazer blew for full time as the Ghanians continued with complaints.

Ghana Black Stars get to 6 points in 5 games and cannot overtake leaders Egypt (Pharaohs have 9 points).

Uganda Cranes accumulate to 8 points and pray Egypt falters against Congo Brazzaville in Alexanderia.

Team Line ups:

Uganda Cranes XI: Dennis Onyango (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Isaac Isinde, Denis Iguma, William Luwagga Kizito, Tonny Mawejje, Faruk Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Emmanuel Okwi

Changes:

60’ Muzamiru Mutyaba On, Faruku Miya Off

65’ Geofrey Sserunkuma On, Derrick Nsibambi Off

71’ Joseph Ochaya On, William Luwagga Kizito Off

Subs Not Used: Isma Watenga (G.K), Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Timothy Awany, Savio Kabugo, Ivan Ntege, Tom Masiko, Isaac Muleme, Milton Karisa, Edrisa Lubega

Ghana Black Stars XI:

Richard Ofori (G.K), Daniel Opare, Lumor Agbenyenu, Daniel Amartey, Nicholas Opoku, Alfred Duncan, Kingsley Safro, Ebenezer Ofori, Richmond Yiadom, Thomas Partey, Frank Acheampong

Changes:

50’ Patrick Twumasi On, Safro Kingsley

61’ Alfred Duncan On, Raphael Dinamena Off

84’ Joseph Attomah On, Frank Acheampong Off

Subs:

Lawrence At Zigi (G.K), Joseph Addo (G.K), Vincent Atinga, Abbas Muhammad, Kasim Nuhu, Isaac Twum, John Antwi