Uganda defeated Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in the second group A match of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Cairo international stadium on Saturday, June 22.
The East Africans scored a fantastic header through Patrick Kaddu in the 14th minute after a well placed cross found him in the perfect position as he skillfully brushed it with his head and scored.
Temperatures were soaring in Cairo, with two water breaks in place to allow players to cope with the heat reaching highs of 36 degrees as the Cranes began the match on the right foot.
Uganda terrorised DRC’s defence throughout the start of the first half as they dominated play and kept possession.
Aucho blasted a thunderous effort from outside the penalty box but Ley Matampi’s reflexes were on point as he leaped and firmly held on to the powerful strike
Michael Azira came close to scoring the second for the Cranes with his curling effort just shaving the crossbar while Bakambu also had a close chance but pulled his shot slightly wide.
The second half began with the Cranes picking up where they left off as they continued to ask questions of Congo’s leaky defence.
Farouk Miya delivered a sensational free kick that met Simba SC’s Emmanuel Okwi who cleverly headed it home to make it 2-0 to Uganda in the 48th minute.
Aside from the occasionally close attempt from DRC, the Cranes were able to comfortably maintain their 2-0 lead until the final whistle blew.
The result gives Uganda the lead in group A with a one goal difference over Egypt who also have three points having defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 on Friday.
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