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Cranes striker Farouk Miya did not impress as he has done in some of the past home games.
Cranes striker Farouk Miya did not impress as he has done in some of the past home games. Courtesy photo

World Cup Qualification: Cranes' Chances Dwindle after Draw With Black Stars

This goalless draw leaves Uganda's chances to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at the brink with only 8 points and one game to go.
posted onOctober 7, 2017
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By Max Patrico Ocaido

Uganda Cranes have been held to a disappointing goalless by the Black Stars of Ghana at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

This goalless draw leaves Uganda's chances to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at the brink with only 8 points and one game to go.

Following their 100% perfect home record in this qualification campaign, Uganda this afternoon came for this game as favourites, but the Cranes lacked a clinical finishing touch to break down the hearts of the Black Stars. 

The first chance of the game came in the first half and fell to Farouk Miya whose free kick at the edge of the box went well over the bar.

Cranes' striker Kizito Luwagga also failed to connect with a fantastic cross from Godfrey Walusimbi leaving the home fans disenchanted. 

During the second half, it was the Cranes that dominated the ball possession as chances of sight of goal for Ghana became slim and slimmer. 

With Muzamiru Mutyaba and Geofrey  Sserukuma in the pitch after substituting Miya and Derrick Nsibambi respectively, the Cranes continued to attack and wasted scoring chances as Ghana looked comfortable with a stale draw. 

However, there was a controversial moment in injury time when Ghana scored a goal after Denis Onyango fumbled with the ball, but linesman ruled it off for an infringement. 

The goalless draw leaves Ghana with 6 points as Egypt leads Group C table with 9 points ahead of a clash tomorrow with Congo Brazzaville. 

A win against Congo will earn the Pharaohs a straight qualification for World Cup with 12 points as the wait for Uganda's first appearance in this major tournament continues. 

A few days ago, government earmarked Shs1bn to Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) in preparation for the remaining qualification matches. 

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