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Ghana lodge protest with Fifa after 0-0 draw in Uganda

A controversial end to Uganda’s 0-0 draw at home to Ghana in Group E of World Cup qualifying led to the Black Stars lodging a protest with Fifa over refereeing decisions during the match.

The GFA filed the protest to Fifa, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala,” Ghana’s FA statement said.

“Mr Bennett [referee] and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal.

The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box.

These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask Fifa to examine their performances,” the statement added.

The 0-0 draw virtually ends Ghana’s hopes of reaching Russia, although Uganda will hope that Congo Brazzaville can defeat Egypt on Sunday to keep their own hopes alive.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Super Eagles have become the first African team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA world cup In Russia with a 1: 0 defeat to Zambia on Saturday

Only the five group winners will qualify for Russia 2018 from Africa.

In a tense finish to the match in Kampala, Uganda striker Emmanuel Okwi had a shot from long-range saved.

But it was the disallowed goal which stole the headlines, as Ghana players surrounded the match officials after the final whistle, leaving Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah baffled.

Appiah speakibg to the media after the match said “I think it was a good goal because the goalkeeper punched back the ball,”

The draw leaves Egypt top of Group E with nine points, Uganda moved to eight points and Ghana six.

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