Unfancied Sudan held World Cup quarter finalist Ghana to a 0-0 draw in the Group I of African Cup of Nations qualifier in Kumasi on Sunday.
The Black Stars played with ten men in the second half after striker Asamoah Gyan was sent off.
With the result, Ghana will top Group I on goal difference as Congo defeated Swaziland 3-1, but they will be bitterly upset with the draw.
The home side certainly had enough possession, but failed to create any clear cut chances in front of goal as the absence of Serbian tactician clearly showed.
The World Cup quarter-finalists were out of sorts as the several chances the Black Stars had were fluffed with Gyan the chief culprit.
On the other hand, Sudan
will be overjoyed with the point away from home against the Group I favourites.
Black Stars caretaker coach Kwesi Appiah handed youngster Jordan Ayew and Bernard Kumordzi their first ever starting roles in the senior national shirt but both players struggled to impress in the position.
The Ghana players played as if they had not forgotten about their bonus problems and with no urgency in their play as they approached the game as an ordinary match.
Ghana line up: Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, Hans Adu-Sarpei, John Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Jordan Ayew/Prince Tagoe, Bernard Kumordzi/Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew/Emmanuel Clottey
Reserves: Isaac Amoako, Samuel Inkoom, Lee Addy, Jonathan Mensah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Emmanuel Clottey, Prince Tagoe