Ghana’s hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup finals all but ended on Saturday after failing to beat Uganda’s Cranes in Kampala in a game that ended with dodgy officiating.
Kwesi Appiah’s fielded a low-profile with most star-names dropping out of the squad with injuries while the Ayew brothers – Jordan and Andre, were omitted from the squad.
Augsburg’s Daniel Opare returned to line up for the first time since 2014 and impressed on his return. He was joined in defence by Portimonense defender Lumor Agbenyenu while Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey took the armband and played along side Nicholas Opoku.
Ghana started on a brighter note and tried to express command in midfield but the Cranes fought hard and won most the key battles as the game entered the half hour.
With Africa’s best keeper – Denis Oyango, in between the sticks for the Cranes, Ghana’s Richmond Boakye consistently knocked to get the opener but was unsuccessful and was later joined by FC Zurich’s Raphael Dwamena.
Sweden-based Kingsley Sarfo made unsuccessful attempts to weave his magic in midfield but he was overshadowed and the poor nature of the Mandela National Stadium also contributed to his underwhelming show.
Second-half substitute Patrick Twumasi danced his way through three defenders and missed narrowly.
The Black Stars saw what appeared to be an obvious penalty ignored by referee El Fadil Mohamed before Dwamena scored from an on-side position but he was ruled out for offside.
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