Ronald Mukiibi was selected to start in defence, replacing an injured Murushid Jjuuko as Zimbabwe held the Uganda Cranes to 1-1 draw on Match Day two of Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Emmanuel Okwi was for the second time on the score sheet at the continental showpiece in Egpty as he netted for the Cranes against the Warriors.
The Simba SC striker stumbled on a loose ball after Zimbabwe’s goalkeeper Chigova punch-saved Abdul Lumala’s shot in his path to put the Cranes into the lead in the 12th minute.
The subsequent moments saw the Warriors dominate play in such for an equalizer and it’s Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat who found the back of the net in the 40th minute to level matters for coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s men.
The halftime whistle came at a much needed time as Zimbabwe continued to mount pressure for a lead but it was one-all by recess.
In the second half, Zimbabwe’s skipper Knowledge Musona missed a golden opportunity as his strike hit the woodwork when Onyango had been caught out of position.
On the other end, Patrick Kaddu missed a similar chance as he fired his shot over the bar.
Moments later, Bevis Mugabi hit the outside of the post when the Warriors failed to clear the area (box) after a corner kick.
Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes captain Denis Masinde Onyango made a miraculous save as he pulled the ball off the line from Evan Rusike’s attempt.
1-1 it ended as the Cranes move to 4 points in Group while Zimbabwe recorded their first point at this year’s edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
AFCON 2019 – Wednesday Results
FT: Uganda 1-1 Zimbabwe
FT: Nigeria 1-0 Guinea