Ghana’s bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup suffered a major setback on Friday after they could only draw 1-1 with Congo-Brazzaville in Kumasi.
Thievy Bifouma gave Congo the lead on 18 minutes after debutant Joseph Attamah’s error handed him an opening. Thomas Partey then equalised with four minutes remaining, but it was too little, too late for the Black Stars
The result leaves Ghana third in Group E on two points, and they trail leaders Uganda by five points and are four behind second-placed Egypt with three matches remaining.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah made a big call in dropping the experienced Harrison Afful for Attamah, but his decision backfired early on when the Turkey-based player, who was nervous throughout, was dispossessed by Fabrice Ondama and he duly picked out Bifouma for the opener.
While Attamah’s early toil could have been explained away by debut nerves, there was no excuse for Ghana’s failings up front, where the experienced quartet of Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu and the Ayew brother spurned several chances.