Africa Cup of Nations - Group A
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Uganda 1-1 Zimbabwe: Africa Cup of Nations Group A game ends in draw in Cairo

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Zimbabwe (yellow shirts) last won a match at an Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2006

Uganda and Zimbabwe played out an entertaining draw in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo.

Uganda took an early lead through Emmanuel Okwi's close-range finish after Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova had parried Lumala Abdu's shot.

But Zimbabwe equalised when Khama Billiat scored after fine work down the left wing from team-mate Ovidy Karuru.

Zimbabwe's Knowledge Musona and Uganda's Patrick Kaddu both missed glorious chances to get a winning goal.

Musona hit the crossbar when faced with an open goal from only four yards out and then, after Zimbabwe's Evans Rusike had a shot saved on the goalline, Kaddu volleyed over from six yards with the goal empty.

Zimbabwe, who were aiming for only their third win at a Cup of Nations finals, now have to beat DR Congo in their final group match on Sunday to have a chance of making it out of the group phase for the first time.

Uganda top the group with four points from two games, but will be overtaken by Egypt if the hosts beat DR Congo later on Wednesday.

Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa and Alec Mudimu, who plays for Welsh Premier League side Cefn Druids, were both in the Zimbabwe side, with Bevis Mugabi, released by Yeovil Town at the end of last season, among the Uganda starting line-up.

In Group B, Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the last 16 as they beat Guinea 1-0.

Analysis

BBC Africa's Nick Cavell in Cairo

Uganda started the far better team but when Zimbabwe managed to get Khama Billiat playing up front and down the flanks they really did improve and took control of the game. They scored a deserved equaliser through Billiat who was the key player.

Zimbabwe dominated the second half and it was only because of an incredible miss from Knowledge Musona that they did not score to go 2-1 up.

The man who kept Uganda in it was Denis Onyango, making an outstanding save late on.

It is a result that, in some ways, suits both teams - Uganda probably think they are guaranteed a place in the last 16 with four points while Zimbabwe know that a defeat would have seen them really struggle.

They will think a win against DR Congo in their final game would be good enough.

Line-ups

Uganda

  • 18Onyango
  • 5Mugabi
  • 12Mukiibi
  • 16Wasswa
  • 15Walusimbi
  • 8AuchoBooked at 88mins
  • 23AziraSubstituted forLwangaat 61'minutes
  • 22Abdu
  • 17MiyaSubstituted forAwanyat 89'minutes
  • 7OkwiSubstituted forKyambaddeat 73'minutes
  • 9Kaddu

Substitutes

  • 1Odongkara
  • 2Ochaya
  • 3Awany
  • 4Juuko
  • 6Lwanga
  • 10Kizito
  • 11Nsibambi
  • 13Kateregga
  • 14Wadada
  • 19Magoola
  • 20Muleme
  • 21Kyambadde

Zimbabwe

  • 16Chigova
  • 2Darikwa
  • 6Mudimu
  • 15Hadebe
  • 5Lunga
  • 21KamusokoSubstituted forMunetsiat 65'minutes
  • 3Phiri
  • 7ChawapiwaSubstituted forRusikeat 64'minutes
  • 11Billiat
  • 10Karuru
  • 17Musona

Substitutes

  • 4Pfumbidzai
  • 8Munetsi
  • 9Rusike
  • 12Dzingai
  • 13Chipezeze
  • 14Kadewere
  • 19Mutizwa
  • 20Mahachi
  • 22Mhlanga
Referee:
Eric Otogo-Castane
Attendance:
73,589

Match Stats

Home TeamUgandaAway TeamZimbabwe
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Uganda 1, Zimbabwe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Uganda 1, Zimbabwe 1.

Hand ball by Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe).

Foul by Knowledge Musona (Zimbabwe).

Timothy Awany (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Uganda. Bevis Mugabi tries a through ball, but Lumala Abdu is caught offside.

Foul by Divine Lunga (Zimbabwe).

Lumala Abdu (Uganda) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Knowledge Musona (Zimbabwe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ovidy Karuru.

Attempt missed. Alec Mudimu (Zimbabwe) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Knowledge Musona with a cross following a set piece situation.

Divine Lunga (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda).

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Timothy Awany replaces Farouk Miya.

Booking

Khalid Aucho (Uganda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Bevis Mugabi (Uganda).

Attempt missed. Patrick Kaddu (Uganda) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Farouk Miya with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Uganda. Conceded by Divine Lunga.

Attempt missed. Patrick Kaddu (Uganda) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Godfrey Walusimbi with a cross.

Foul by Marshall Munetsi (Zimbabwe).

Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Danny Phiri (Zimbabwe) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Evans Rusike.

Alec Mudimu (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Allan Kyambadde (Uganda).

Attempt missed. Bevis Mugabi (Uganda) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Taddeo Lwanga following a corner.

Corner, Uganda. Conceded by Alec Mudimu.

Foul by Alec Mudimu (Zimbabwe).

Farouk Miya (Uganda) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alec Mudimu (Zimbabwe).

Patrick Kaddu (Uganda) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Uganda. Farouk Miya tries a through ball, but Lumala Abdu is caught offside.

Offside, Zimbabwe. Divine Lunga tries a through ball, but Evans Rusike is caught offside.

Foul by Evans Rusike (Zimbabwe).

Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Patrick Kaddu (Uganda) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Farouk Miya (Uganda) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Danny Phiri (Zimbabwe).

Allan Kyambadde (Uganda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Allan Kyambadde replaces Emmanuel Okwi.

Knowledge Musona (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bevis Mugabi (Uganda).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt22003036
2Uganda21103124
3Zimbabwe201112-11
4DR Congo200204-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria22002026
2Madagascar10102201
3Guinea201123-11
4Burundi100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria11002023
2Senegal11002023
3Kenya100102-20
4Tanzania100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast11001013
2Morocco11001013
3Namibia100101-10
4South Africa100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali11004133
2Angola10101101
3Tunisia10101101
4Mauritania100114-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon11002023
2Benin10102201
3Ghana10102201
4Guinea-Bissau100102-20
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