Uganda, Ghana share spoils after latter’s controversial offside double


Match Day 5

Group E

FIFA World Cup qualifier: FT. Uganda 0-0 Ghana

Uganda Cranes and Ghana settled for a goalless draw despite a host of chances that both sides had at the mouth of both goals on a dry patchy Namboole stadium turf in Kampala on Saturday.

Defender Daniel Amartey stood out fending off Uganda’s Emmanuel Okwi throughout both halves, a position in which the latter opted for long range shots outside the area.

The hosts head coach Moses Basena named a quite defensive set up, with Denis Guma covering a defensive pairing of Denis Isinde and Hassan Wasswa.

Goeffrey Walusimbi was started with Nicholas Wadada in left and right back respectively. Luwagga Kizito, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi and Emmanuel Okwi.

Luwagga missed an open chance in the 17th minute. Ghana’s counter attack was also soiled minutes after when Thomas Partey was found in an off side position.

Farouk Miya had a chance blasted wide towards half time and the story remained the same till the final minutes.

Ghana had changes sprung in by Kwesi Appiah. He substituted Twumasi for Sarfo, Duncan for Raphael Dwamena and Acheampong for Attomah.

Okwi and Partey were also embroiled in a scuffle after the former fouled in an intense challenge for the ball.

In the 72nd minute, Basena made changes as well as Joseph Ochaya came on for Kizito Luwagga, Derrick Nsibambi for Geoffrey Sserunkuma but none made a serious change in the match.

Ghana had a their second goal cancelled in the final minute of added time, when Boyke crossed into the area for Raphael Dwamena who scored the rebound after Onyango’s initial save.

There was chaos as Ghanaian players claimed their goal but the referee Bennette Fraser instead blew it for full time, Ghana losing out on a possible chance to go to Russia.

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)