Ghana appeal for rematch

Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYEKwesi Appiah

Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYEKwesi Appiah

Even with the faint chance, the team believe victory against the Cranes of Uganda could restore that hope and pride after the Ugandans held Ghana to a 1-1 draw in their opening game of the World Cup qualifying campaign in Tamale.

The linesman's flag denied the Black Stars a late victor in the 93rd minute after Raphael Dwamena hit the back of the Ugandan net from a rebound off the goalkeeper.

The goalless stalemate at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala has visibly kicked Ghana out of the running for Russian Federation 2018.

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Asamoah Gyan, who could not feature in the game due to an injury tweeted hours after the game that "we have to protest".

Ghana is now third in Group E with five points but seems to be a team that has potential to fight for that World Cup spot.

"The GFA filed the protest to football's world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala", read a statement on the official GFA website.

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They came into today's match with the aim to beat the Eagles and put themselves in pole position to grab the sole ticket. They want to be there in Russian Federation next year.

The GFA were furious with the conduct of the officials and said television replays had shown it was a "perfect goal".

Indeed, while both Uganda and Ghana could yet qualify for the World Cup, Egypt would top Group E - eliminating the other two - if they beat Congo-Brazzaville at home on Sunday.

The Black Stars had two goals disallowed for offside in either half with the last gasp goal appearing legit and also had an appeal for a penalty turned down when Frank Acheampong went down under challenge by Nicholas Wadada.

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"The GFA respectfully asked Federation Internationale de Football Association to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve the ends of justice without fear or favour,"it added".

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