Africa Cup of Nations - Group A
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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Uganda claim opening 2-0 victory over DR Congo

Patrick Kaddu scores for Uganda against DR Congo
Kampala Capital City Authority striker Patrick Kaddu scored his second goal in seven appearances for Uganda

Uganda recorded their first Africa Cup of Nations victory in 41 years as they pulled off a surprise win over DR Congo in Group A in Egypt.

The Cranes' 23-year-old forward Patrick Kaddu opened the scoring, heading in from a corner after a well-timed run to the near post after 14 minutes.

Strike partner Emmanuel Okwi's glancing header from a free-kick then doubled the lead three minutes after half-time.

Egypt defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the tournament's opening match on Friday.

Uganda lost all three group matches in 2017, in what was their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance since finishing runners-up in 1978.

In Cairo on Saturday, the lively Kaddu had two great opportunities to add to his tally with first-half headers, while team-mate Khalid Aucho saw a powerful long-range effort saved by DR Congo's Ley Matampi.

Substitute Jonathan Bolingi had the best opportunity for two-time champions DR Congo - whose starting XI included West Ham's Arthur Masuaku and Everton's Yannick Bolasie - but the Antwerp forward's header struck the top of the crossbar.

Next, Uganda will face Zimbabwe on Wednesday (18:00 BST), while DR Congo take on Egypt later that day (21:00 BST).

Analysis

By BBC Swahili's Salim Kikeke

DR Congo were favourites going into the game against Uganda. You could even feel the Congolese mood before kick off. Their entrance was as colourful as usual, with their customary singing and dancing.

But after 90 minutes, the scoreboard had a result that will definitely cause a lot of anger in Kinshasa. The Leopards, two-time winners, did not show up.

The Cranes on the contrary arrived quietly, kept their cool and stuck to their game plan - which was to control the midfield. And that paid off. A first win is something every team needs for confidence.

Ugandans will be smiling every time they look at the Group A table at the moment. DR Congo, with an ageing squad, will be hoping for a better result next time out when they must deal with the small matter of the host nation.

Line-ups

DR Congo

  • 1Matampi
  • 2Mpeko
  • 15Luyindama
  • 5Tisserand
  • 14Masuaku
  • 18BokadiBooked at 54mins
  • 13Elia
  • 22MbembaSubstituted forMaghomaat 60'minutes
  • 10M'PokuSubstituted forBolingiat 51'minutes
  • 11BolasieBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAssombalongaat 70'minutes
  • 17Bakambu

Substitutes

  • 3Muzinga
  • 4Ungenda
  • 6Akolo
  • 8Mputu
  • 9Bolingi
  • 12Moke
  • 16Mossi
  • 19Assombalonga
  • 20Maghoma
  • 21Shabani
  • 23Mandanda

Uganda

  • 18Onyango
  • 5Mugabi
  • 4JuukoBooked at 35mins
  • 16Wasswa
  • 15Walusimbi
  • 23Azira
  • 8Aucho
  • 22AbduSubstituted forMulemeat 81'minutes
  • 17MiyaSubstituted forAwanyat 88'minutes
  • 7Okwi
  • 9KadduSubstituted forKyambaddeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Odongkara
  • 2Ochaya
  • 3Awany
  • 6Lwanga
  • 10Kizito
  • 11Nsibambi
  • 12Mukiibi
  • 13Kateregga
  • 14Wadada
  • 19Magoola
  • 20Muleme
  • 21Kyambadde
Referee:
Rédouane Jiyed
Attendance:
1,083

Match Stats

Home TeamDR CongoAway TeamUganda
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home22
Away24

Live Text

Match ends, Congo DR 0, Uganda 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Congo DR 0, Uganda 2.

Marcel Tisserand (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Allan Kyambadde (Uganda).

Attempt saved. Jonathan Bolingi (Congo DR) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Meschak Elia.

Attempt missed. Meschak Elia (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cédric Bakambu.

Arthur Masuaku (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Allan Kyambadde (Uganda).

Attempt missed. Isaac Muleme (Uganda) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Khalid Aucho.

Offside, Congo DR. Marcel Tisserand tries a through ball, but Jonathan Bolingi is caught offside.

Foul by Meschak Elia (Congo DR).

Bevis Mugabi (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Timothy Awany replaces Farouk Miya.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Congo DR).

Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Britt Assombalonga (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Khalid Aucho (Uganda).

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Congo DR).

Denis Onyango (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Murushid Juuko.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Isaac Muleme replaces Lumala Abdu.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Lumala Abdu (Uganda).

Foul by Cédric Bakambu (Congo DR).

Murushid Juuko (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Bolingi (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lumala Abdu (Uganda).

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Godfrey Walusimbi.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Allan Kyambadde replaces Patrick Kaddu.

Marcel Tisserand (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Kaddu (Uganda).

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Congo DR) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Merveille Bokadi.

Hand ball by Arthur Masuaku (Congo DR).

Offside, Congo DR. Cédric Bakambu tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Congo DR. Britt Assombalonga replaces Yannick Bolasie.

Foul by Marcel Tisserand (Congo DR).

Patrick Kaddu (Uganda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jonathan Bolingi (Congo DR) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Merveille Bokadi with a through ball.

Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Murushid Juuko (Uganda).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uganda11002023
2Egypt11001013
3Zimbabwe100101-10
4DR Congo100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria11001013
2Guinea10102201
3Madagascar10102201
4Burundi100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria00000000
2Kenya00000000
3Senegal00000000
4Tanzania00000000

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast00000000
2Morocco00000000
3Namibia00000000
4South Africa00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Angola00000000
2Mali00000000
3Mauritania00000000
4Tunisia00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benin00000000
2Cameroon00000000
3Ghana00000000
4Guinea-Bissau00000000
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