LIVE UPDATES: Uganda vs Ghana (2018 World Cup qualifier)
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Ghana play Uganda in a crucial World Cup qualifier
Uganda Cranes and the Black Stars of Ghana lock horns at Mandela National stadium, Namboole in a fixture that will determine their 2018 FIFA World Cup fate. The two teams need nothing but victory if they are to keep their chances of making it to Russia.
With 7 points and two adrift of leaders Egypt, Uganda must beat the Black Stars to go ahead of the Pharaohs who host Congo Brazzaville 24 hours later.
For Ghana, a win will see them leapfrog Uganda in second with 8 points but their chances will depend on Egypt losing to Congo Brazzaville in Alexandria. Moses Basena, the Uganda Cranes coach believes the 2-1 loss to Madagascar in a practice match on Wednesday showed him areas to rectify.
“The general performance was good only that those lapses when you don’t concentrate defensively teams at this level punish you,” said Basena in the aftermath of the loss to Madagascar. “When we didn’t defend very well on the right flank,” he said. On arrival from Kenya where the team had camped, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said they are here to play well.
“We are happy to have traveled well. We had a good training camp in Kenya and we are here to play well against Uganda.”
few seconds we will kick off as both teams are seeking divine intervention ahead of the game
01′- KICKOFF: Ghana with a swift move towards goal but Onyango grabs with agility
01′- Throw-in for Uganda. Taken but swiftly swept away by Amartey. Ghana attacking.
02′- Uganda quickly turn defence into attack but Ghana re-gain possession. Throw-in for Ghana
03′- Farouk Miya brought down by Nicholas Opoku. Free kick for Uganda. Taken but headed out.
05′- Cynical tackle from Amartey lands him a card. Okwi nearly shot Uganda in front. Free kick for Uganda. Wasted!
05′- YELLOW CARD: Amartey booked
07′- Great save from Ofori. Okwi was anxiously waiting to connect.
08′- Ghana win a throw-in. Partey well policed there by the Ugandans
09′- Ghana on the move but Frank Acheampong fails to control. Goal kick for Uganda
12′-Throw in for Uganda as Frank Acheampong loses possession again.
13′- A long one from Wasswa and into the waiting arms of Ofori
15′ Great speed from Okwi but Partey puts him down for a free kick. Proving to be a thorn in the flesh of the Ghana defence.
16′- William Kizito with a nice free kick but headed away by Ghana
17′- What a moment of misses? Great run from Kizito, connects beautifullywith Okwi, sends in a cross and Ofori parries the ball but no Ugandan player to connect.
17′- Partey launches a great strike after Uganda attack broke down but hits the side net.
20′- Uganda lose possession, Ghana with a swift attack but Yiadom penalised for causing an infringement.
21′- Ghana on the attack but Frank Acheampong flagged offside.
23′ – Ghana win a foul as Kingsley Sarfo is dispossessed off the ball
23′- Great run from Okwi but Frank Acheampong wins possession with beautiful slide tackle.
25′ – Ghana turning the tables now. Heat on Uganda but Sarfo send the ball out of play. Throw-in for Uganda
28′- Throw-infor Ghana as Isaac Isendi sends the ball out of play.
29′- Foul for Ghana as Boakye Yiadom is given a serious tackle from Isaac Isinde
31′- Not toogood for Ghana as Boakye Yiadom is stretched off.
32′- Free kick for Ghana. Duncan sends a long one in and Amartey connects beautifully. Goal for Ghana but referee disllows for offside
35′- What a miss from Kizito Luwaga. Great cross from Isinde but Luwaga fails to tap in. Ghana can heeve a sigh of relief
37′- Great run on the flanks by Nicholas Wadada but poor finish. Horrible cross
40′ – Tempo of the game gradually slowing down with five minutes to end the first half.
42′ – Great drive from Farouk Miya but misses the post by inches. Ofori furious with his defenders.
43′- Ofori with a drive but you definitely need a good shot to beat Onyango at that distance
44′- Foul for Uganda as Opare unintelligently brings down Luwaga.
45′- Uganda with probably the last attack but booted away by Opoku.
45+1′- Corner kick for Ghana. Taken but headed away and Miya turns the head on Ghana.
HT: Uganda 0-0 Ghana – Electrifying game at the Namboole Stadium. Both teams with great chances and beautiful exchanges in the first half. Aggression, intelligence, sharpness and brilliance at display and pear for the second half as it promisesto be more electrifying.
46′- Welcome back
47′- Foul for Ghana as Partey goes down from a tackle from Isinde.
48′- Ofori behind the ball, sends a long one in but it’s been headed away. Game yet to zoom into full gear
49′-Cynical tackle from Yiadom with a high foot into the head of Isinde.
50′- GHANA SUB: Patrick Twumasi comes on for Kingsley
55′- GHANA SUB: Raphael Dwamena comes on for Alfred Duncan
58′- YELLOW CARD: Both Emmanuel Okwi and Thomas Partey booked for unsporting behaviour.
62′- UGANDA SUB: Muzamir Mutyaba comes on for Farouk Miya
64′- What a miss from Nsibambi failing to connect a great cross from Luwaga.
65′- YELLOW CARD: Isaac Isinde booked for pulling the shirt of Twumasi
66′- Frank Acheampong goes down from an Nsibambi push but referee sees that as a dive. Ghana penalty calls ignored.
67′ -UGANDA SUB: Geoffrey Serunguma cons on for Derick Nsibambi
70′- Foul for Ghana as Dwamena receives his share of the hard tackles from Uganda.
71′- Swift counter attack from Uganda and Walusimbi is brought down by Opoku. Quick yellow card for the Ghanaian.
71′- YELLOW CARD : Nicholas Opoku booked for bringing down Walusimbi
72′- UGANDA SUB: Joseph Ochaya cons on for Kizito Luwaga
75′- The game does not promise to give out any goal with the energy levels of the players diminishing
766′- Uganda initiating an attack but Ochaya has been dispossessed. Ghana turns defence into attack and win a throw-in in the process
78′- Corner kick for Uganda. Taken but headed away. Swift attack on Uganda but ball booted over the line for a Ghana corner.
79′- Corner kick taken but Partey infringes Onyango. Foul for Uganda
80′- Ghana in trouble but Mutyaba hits a feeble one for Ofori. Not a headache for the Maritzburg goalie
84′- GHANA SUB: Frank Acheampong comes off for Joseph Attamah Larweh
84′- Ghana goal kick. Ofori sends deep one in an Ghana gets a throw-in
86′- Ochaya zooms in an attacking position but ball kicked away.
87′- Attamah Larweh with his first touch and wins a foul in the process
88′- Okwi with an ambitious strike there but ball goes to the top of the roof of the Ghana post.
89′- Tony Mawegge with a drive but goes to the roof instead of the goal.
90′- 4 minutes added on
90+2′- Emmanuel Okwi with a bullet of a shot but Ofori make a lovely save
90+3′- Ghana now on the attack. Ofori with a good run but Isinde sends the ball to throw.
90+4′- Partey with a drive, ball goes direct into the chest of Onyango, Dwamena scores from rebound but reeree whistles for an offside. Incredible!
FT: UGANDA 0-0 GHANA – Great game from both sides but the center referee ended up disgracing himself with the last whistle of the game denying Ghana what appeared a legitimate goal.
By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter