Uganda Cranes stunned Democratic Republic of Congo with a 2-0 defeat to register their first victory at the Africa Cup of Nations since 1978.Uganda scored the two goals through Kaddu and Okwi when they capitalised on their set-pieces.
KCCA FC striker Patrick Kaddu headed the Cranes into the lead after just 14 minutes off Farouk Miya’s flawless corner kick.
Minutes later, Kaddu came close again but headed inches wide when he met Bevis Mugabi’s cross.
Still in the first half, midfielder Mike Azira also came so close and yet so far when his left-footed strike brushed the woodwork while Congolese goalkeeper Matampi did well to save Khalid Aucho’s second shot on goal, minutes after his first went wide.
It was 1-0 at half time but a highly spirited Uganda were at it again early into the second. Simba SC forward Emmanuel Okwi scored in 48th minute to double the Cranes’ lead when he headed Farouk Miya’s exquisite free kick into the back of the net.
Uganda continued to impress with winger Abdul Lumala taking the ball to the Congolese, but also gave away a couple of chances on the opposite end. Cranes custodian Denis Masinde Onganyo was nonetheless alert in goal to combat all DR Congo’s efforts. They (Congo) however came so close when they hit the wood in the second half.
The victory saw Uganda move top of Group A on goal difference but on equal points (3 apiece) with hosts Egypt, who beat Zimbabwe by 1-0 in the 2019 AFCON opener on Friday night.