Ghana's hope to qualify for 2018 World Cup dashed?

Ghana's hope to qualify for 2018 World Cup dashed?

-Black Stars needed a win to maintain chances of qualifying but they were held to a goalless draw.

-A last minute strike from Raphael Dwamena was controversially disallowed for offside

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Ghana's hope of qualifying for a fourth successive FIFA World Cup has been dashed following Saturday's 0-0 draw with a the Cranes of Uganda at the Mandela Stadium in Kampala.

Ghana's hope to qualify for 2018 World Cup dashed?

Raphael Dwamena

With Captain Asamoah Gyan, his deputy Andre Ayew together alongside brother Jordan Ayew dropped, and other key players like Christian Atsu, Jonathan Mensah and Harrison Afful injured in training, the Black Still dominated possession but failed to make it count.

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The Ugandans arguably created the better chances of the game and could have won the game if they had been more clinical in front of goal.

While the Stars have themselves to blame for failing to win their home games against both Uganda and Congo, the rough nature of the pitch in Kampala was not helpful with South African referee, Daniel Bennett also making some questionable decisions against Ghana.

He failed to award penalty for a clear shoving off the ball of Frank Acheampong in the Uganda penalty area and also controversially disallowed last minute strike from Raphael Dwamena for offside.

The latter decision infuriated the Ghana contingent with even Coach Kwesi Appiah, who is known to have a calm demeanour stepping onto the pitch to protest against the referee's decision.

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Even if Ghana had won, their qualification would have still depended Egypt losing or drawing on Sunday against Congo at home and also losing to them in their last group game in Ghana.

The results thus leaves Egypt in a pole position to qualify with a game to spare.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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