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Ghana lodge protest to Fifa for Uganda reply

Ghana have lodge an appeal to Fifa for a rematch with Uganda after goalless draw with the home team.

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Black Stars of Ghana have filled a complaint to Fifa after their hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018 World Cup were dashed over a refereeing decision.

Ghana saw a strong penalty appeal turned down later in the game, and also a perfectly valid goal from Raphael Dwamena ruled out for offside in stoppage time.

A statement from the Ghana FA read: “The GFA filed the protest to Fifa, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

“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 goalless draw sees Ghana on the brink of elimination in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Black Stars will now hope Egypt, who top the Group with a game in hand, lose both of their two games to stand any chance of qualifying for the next year’s showpiece.

Baffled Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said: “I think it was a good goal because the goalkeeper punched back the ball,” said Appiah after the match.

Meanwhile, Uganda coach Moses Basena was disappointed his side failed to collect three points.

“We shall keep working hard because this is a young team,” he said.

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

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