2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Uganda 0-0 Ghana
Uganda’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup grew faint after playing out a goalless draw against Ghana.
In the game played at Mandela National stadium, Uganda failed to break down a resilient Ghana team.
The Cranes were blunt on the day and failed to convert from the few chances created.
As early as the 5th minute, Uganda got a chance with Emmanuel Okwi sprinting ahead of the Ghana defence but Daniel Amartey pulled him before reaching goal.
Okwi has another opportunity at goal in the 18th minute but goalkeeper Richard Ofori was quick to save.
The visitors on the other hand had a quick counter attack but Thomas Partey could only side net.
Ghana had a goal disallowed four minutes after thehalf hour mark when Amartey jumped high to head home but there referee Daniel Frazer Bennett infringement on goalkeeper Dennis Onyango.
A minute later William Kizito failed to tap home Godfrey Walusimbi delivery from the left flank.
It was the similar case even after recess despite Uganda stepping up their game.
The best effort in the second half fell to Derrick Nsibambi faced with an empty net but his effort from a header went just wide.
Nsibambi was later withdrawn for Geoffrey Serunkuuma while Farouk Miya paved way for Muzamir Mutyaba. Later on Luwaga was stretched off for Joseph Ochaya.
Uganda was lucky not to lose all three points at the death of the clock when Onyango lost possession to Raphael Dinamena but his goal was ruled for offside amidst protests from Ghana players.
The result means Uganda remains second on eight points with Egpyt on top with nine and have to play Congo Brazzaville at home on Sunday.
Ghana on the other hand are third with six points.
Uganda starting XI
Dennis Onyango, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Denis Iguma, William Luwagga Kizito, Tonny Mawejje, Derrick Nsibambi.
Ghana starting XI
Richard Ofori, Daniel Opare, Agnenyumu Lumor, Daniel Amartey, Nicholas Opoku, Alfred Duncan, Kingsley Sarfo, Ebenezer Ofori, Richmond Yiadom, Thomas Partey, Frank Acheampong