Ghana's World Cup hopes all but over after draw in Uganda


Egypt are one win away from booking their ticket to the 2018 Russia World Cup thanks to a goalless draw between Uganda and Ghana.

Ghana has 6 points in the group while Egypt lead with 9 points while Uganda has 8.

Ghana, sitting third in Group E and already with only a slender chance of qualifying, needed a convincing win in their penultimate match at the Mandela National Stadium, but ultimately came up short.

With Ghana needing to win to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and with several key players missing, Kwesi Appiah went with a new look squad for today's game.

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Despite the pressure from the Ugandans, it was Ghana who nearly took the lead through Thomas Partey, who had scored four times in his last two games for Ghana.

Derrick Nsibambi missed the best opening at the start of the second half when he headed wide from four yards after meeting a brilliant cross.

Both sides created some decent chances, but were unable to convert them, leaving the game barren at the end of the 90 minutes.

Ten minutes ahead of the break, Amartey sent silence to the hearts of every fan at the stadium as his header bagged the net, only for the referee to rule the ball offside.

With that number, with one party remaining, Egypt has been confirmed to be the group victor and secure a ticket to the 2018 World Cup finals.