Moses Oloya of Uganda evades challenge from Frank Acheampong of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 17:25
Egypt are one step closer to booking their ticket to Russia following a goalless draw between Uganda and Ghana in a Group E 2018 FIFA World Cup (CAF) qualifier at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Saturday.
The result leaves both the Cranes and Black Stars reeling with the Pharaohs knowing that victory over Congo in Alexandria on Sunday will seal their place at next year's showpiece.
Egypt, who have a game in hand, lead the way on nine points. Uganda and Ghana boast eight and six points respectively after five rounds of fixtures.
Following a rather cagey start to proceedings in the Uganda capital, the game finally sparked to life in the 18th minute with chances at either end of the pitch.
Richard Ofori on his toes to deny the Cranes before Thomas Partey guided his rasping effort into the side-netting.
Ghana ended the half the stronger of the two sides and had the ball in the back of the net through captain Daniel Amartey in the 34th minute, only for his attempt to be chalked off with the assistant's flag raised for offside.
0-0 at the interval.
Uganda squandered a glorious chance to boost their World Cup hopes in the 65th minute as Derrick Nsibambi guided his header attempt wide with the goal at his mercy - to the shock and horror of the home fans.
The Black Stars found the back of the net with the final kick of the game, but once more the assistant's flag was raised - to the dismay of the visitors who confronted the match officials following the final whistle in protest.
Uganda (0) 0
Ghana (0) 0
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 (Attamah 86')