Uganda Cranes Shock DR Congo With An Impressive 2-0 Win To Start Africa Cup of Nations Campaign


Uganda Cranes ended a 41-year longing for an Africa Cup of Nations victory following an impressive 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in a Group A match in Cairo.

Uganda did not resemble a team 31 places below DR Congo in the world rankings as they controlled the early exchanges and deservedly went ahead after 14 minutes.

The Congolese struggled to deal with aerial threats during the opening 45 minutes and this weakness was punished again as Uganda scored a second goal with 48 minutes on the clock.

Uganda could have scored again just before the hour mark as a medium-range Farouk Miya free-kick dipped belatedly and Matampi did well to flick the ball over the bar.

The scene inside the stadium was very different from the previous night when a 70,000 crowd watched Egypt beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the tournament opener.

With the mid-afternoon temperature 36 degrees celsius (97 fahrenheit), there were just a few thousand spectators to witness the second match in the section.